The Texas Rangers shoot for their first home series win in four tries Sunday when they take on the Detroit Tigers in the rubber game of their three-game series. Texas, which owns a 5 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the American League West, is an AL-best 35-22 at home. But the Rangers are 0-2-1 in their last three series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The hosts evened the series at one win apiece Saturday as pinch hitter Mike Olt snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out, walk-off single in the ninth inning. Detroit remained one game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central but fell one-half game out of the wild-card picture, which has two teams – Oakland and Tampa Bay – tied for the two spots. Baltimore is also one-half game out. The Tigers were held to five hits after registering 10 or more in eight of their previous nine contests.
Tigers Rangers Betting
When: 3:05 PM ET, Sunday, August 12, 2012
Where: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Southwest (Texas)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.62 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yu Darvish (11-8, 4.57)
Porcello has won five of his last six decisions, including a triumph over the New York Yankees on Tuesday in which he allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old, who has lost only once in his last seven road starts, is 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 10 outings away from home this year. Porcello evened his career record against the Rangers at 2-2 when he held them to one run over six frames in a triumph at Texas on June 25.
Darvish has struggled since defeating Detroit on June 26, going 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA in six starts. The 25-year-old has surrendered six or more runs in four of his last five outings, including a loss at Boston on Monday in which he yielded six runs and 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Darvish, who is 7-2 at home, also topped the Tigers in Detroit on April 19.
1. The Rangers have won six of nine meetings with the Tigers this season.
2. Detroit 2B Omar Infante has hit safely in 13 of 17 games since being acquired from Miami.
3. Texas RF Nelson Cruz was in the starting lineup Saturday after leaving Friday’s loss with a stiff back and drove in his team’s lone run.