Chicago White Sox (8-13) at Texas Rangers (10-11)
2:05 PM ET on MLBN
CWS: G. Floyd (0-2, 8.38)
TEX: S. Feldman (1-2, 5.40)
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The Ranges will look to complete their first sweep of the 2010 season as they square off against the Chicago White Sox in the final game of a three-game series at Arlington Park on Thursday night.
Texas began the series by winning their fourth in six games overall, with a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday. The Rangers followed when Josh Hamilton’s two-run homer started a five-run first, as Texas hung on to win game two, 6-5 on Wednesday night. It was also the Rangers’ ninth win in 11 games over Chicago in Arlington. The Sox finally got a clutch hit in the sixth from Carlos Quentin, whose three-run home run to right center cut the deficit to 5-3. The final outcome could have been worse as Texas went 4- for-8 with RISP and left nine men on base.
The Rangers will be hoping that starting pitcher Scott Feldman’s stomach flu had something to do with his poor performance on Saturday when he gave up four runs on eight hits with four walks over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers. The loss makes it two rough starts in a row after he was shelled last week against the Yankees. He has had a decent showing against the Sox as the 27-year old allowed three runs on three hits over 5- 2/3 innings in one start versus the White Sox last season.
Meanwhile, the White Sox will call on Gavin Floyd who is still winless in 2010 with an eye-popping 8.38 ERA. He has surrendered 18 earned runs, after he posted 3.84 and 4.06 in the last two seasons. He has given up 12 earned runs in his last two outings alone. The righty went 6 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing five runs on seven hits against the Mariners. Floyd was unable to hold a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning, and left the contest after loading the bases. Reliever J.J. Putz came into the ballgame, and after retiring one allowed Jose Lopez to hit a go-ahead grand slam, charging three runs to Floyd and giving the Mariners a 6-5 lead. Floyd has started against Texas two times with a lifetime record of 0-1 and a 9.35 ERA.
The odds makers have the Rangers as –1 ½ -point favorites with a game total of 9 ½ runs.
Quentin finished game two with a 3RBI home run, a double in the ninth and scored on a two-out double by A.J. Pierzynski, whose two hits snapped a 0-for-14 slump.
The Rangers offense should be able to inflict enough damage to Floyd early on to secure a win with the UNDER.
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