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04-11-2019, 02:34 AM
Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington , Texas.Tampa Bay will send right-hander Tyler Glasnow (1-6, 4.48 ERA) to the mound to begin the first game of the series and the Rangers will counter with right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 5.06).The Rays have won 11 of their past 14 games, outscoring opponents 79-47 during that stretch, and are a season-high 16 games above .500. But all of that work have be for naught — and will especially be so if Tampa Bay doesn’t take care of business against Texas.Article continues below ...The Rays head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on the heels of taking two of three games from Oakland, which is in a battle with New York for the two American League wild-card spot, well clear of Tampa Bay and Seattle, the only other two teams still with a mathematical chance for the postseason.C.J. Cron and Willy Adames homered for the Rays and Brandon Lowe tripled home two runs in a 5-4 victory on Sunday to provide Tampa Bay a 5-0 lead, which stood up despite the Athletics‘ four-run outburst in the ninth inning.Tampa Bay used eight relievers during its third straight “bullpen” day and they held Oakland to four hits, one of which was Khris Davis‘ grand slam in the ninth that made the ending a little more exciting.The Rangers head back to Arlington for their final homestand of the season after dropping the finale of a nine-game road trip 7-3 on Sunday at San Diego on Francisco Mejia’s walk-off grand slam off Jeffrey Springs. Texas entered the ninth leading 3-2 after sWillie Calhoun and Jurickson Profar hit solo home runs to back seven solid innings on the mound from Mike Minor.Sampson will make his second start as a Ranger in Monday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay after suffering a tough-luck loss in first start on Tuesday against the Angels, a 1-0 defeat in which Texas batters did not have a hit until the eighth inning.He became just the sixth starter in Texas history to suffer a loss when allowing one run and two or fewer hits in a qualifying start, and the first since C.J. Wilson on July 21, 2011 Brad Hand Jersey , at Los Angeles.“As good as it was, I don’t think we’ve seen as good as he can,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said of Sampson’s performance in the loss to the Angels. “The shape of the pitch, the spin rate, the extension that we saw in the minor leagues all suggest there is still better. I think the second time he takes the ball he will be a little more relaxed.”Sampson made his Rangers debut in relief on Sept. 7 at Oakland. He had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Sept. 4 after spending the entire season with the Express, going 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA.Glasnow, acquired at the trade deadline from Pittsburgh, is 0-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight starts with the Rays but has received two runs or fewer of support in all of those outings, including four starts with no run support. He has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight starts since the trade.“(Wins) are not a very relevant stat,” Glasnow told “I mean, if I were 4-0, I would say it’s very relevant, but I’m not going to change anything. Just go out and pitch well , and if I get a win then I get a win. and if I don’t, then I don’t.”Glasnow has never faced the Rangers and never pitched at Globe Life Park, where the heat and humidity can sap players’ strength.“There’s some pretty humid places I’ve pitched in this year, and I think once you’re out there, it’s not really a factor,” Glasnow said. “I like pitching in really hot places. You loosen up quicker, and I’m pretty comfortable with it.” NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka labored through a 31-pitch first inning against Baltimore, the team with the worst record in the major leagues, falling behind his first four batters.”Hopefully we make it out of this soon,” catcher Kyle Higashioka recalled thinking. ”You never want to get to the bullpen early.”Tanaka stranded a pair of runners when Chris Davis grounded to second baseman Gleyber Torres in short right field, and the 29-year-old Japanese right-hander regained his command. He pitched six scoreless innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 13 starts , backed by Miguel Andujar’s three-run homer in the Yankees‘ 6-3 win Tuesday night over the veteran-shedding Orioles.New York (68-37) moved 31 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season, beating the Orioles for only the sixth time in 11 meetings this year. The Yankees cut their AL East deficit to five games behind first-place Boston and are on their first three-game winning streak since four straight from June 18-21.”I don’t necessarily look at it as a desperation Tyson Ross Jersey ,” manager Aaron Boone said. ”I want us to be a club that has an urgency when we walk through those doors every single day.”Coming off a three-hit shutout of Tampa Bay, Tanaka (9-2) limited the Orioles to a pair of singles and a double. He struck out eight and walked two, lowering his ERA to 2.00 over his last five starts. He is 7-0 in 13 starts since an April 17 loss against Miami and has pitched 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, one out short of his big league best.He started last season 7-9 with a 5.37 ERA, then finished 6-3 with a 3.59 ERA plus went 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four postseason outings.”He really started to pitch well down the stretch and I think everyone saw how great he was in the postseason,” Boone said. ”So, hopefully, we’re seeing him kind of follow a similar script right now.”Baltimore (32-75) arrived with its first three-game winning streak since mid-May. The Orioles traded infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee before the game for infielder Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects, and dealt pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to Atlanta for four prospects and $2.5 million in international signing bonus allotment.”I see what they’re talking about when they’re talking about a rebuild and fire sale,” said center fielder Adam Jones, who used his contractual right to block a trade. ”When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and all that stuff, they did all that for reasons like right now. I earned this and it’s my decision. I don’t have to explain it to nobody.”Having also traded slugging infielder Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton and reliever Brad Brach in recent weeks Allen Craig Jersey , the Orioles obtained 14 prospects, Villar and $2.75 million in international allotment for six veterans while cutting nearly $29 million in payroll obligations for this year and next.”It might not look pretty some days,” Jones said. ”We’re going to struggle the next two months.”A sign of the Orioles’ troubles: Davis, in the third season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts and is hitting .157. That would be by far the lowest average for an official qualifier, breaking the mark of .179 shared by Rob Deer (1991) and Dan Uggla (2013).Run-scoring singles by Torres in the first and Greg Bird in the third built a 2-0 lead, and Bird hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth ahead of Andujar’s 13th homer. Yefry Ramirez (1-4) allowed all six runs and lasted five innings.Jace Peterson hit a two-run double in the eighth off A.J. Cole, and Peterson scored from second when Dellin Betances‘ pitch went off Higashioka’s mitt for a passed ball, and Andujar allowed the catcher’s throw to bounce off his glove for an error by the third baseman.Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for the second straight game and got his 29th save in 30 chances , his 21st in a row.Tanaka was happy he put behind another slow start.”Obviously,” he said through a translator, ”earlier in this season I knew that was not me.”NOT SLAMMINGSince Bird’s grand slam at Baltimore on July 11 , the Yankees are 0 for 14 with four sacrifice flies with the bases loaded.SEATSA crowd of 46,473 was New York’s 21st home sellout, the most at new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: LHP J.A. Happ was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, and it’s not clear whether he will be able to start Saturday at Boston. RHP Luis Cessa was removed after allowing one run and two hits in one inning at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could get the start against the Red Sox. Newly acquired RHP Lance Lynn, due to report Wednesday, is another possibility. … OF Clint Frazier is dealing with a migraine issue, not a concussion, according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.UP NEXTRHP Sonny Gray (8-7, 5.08) starts Wednesday afternoon’s series finale for New York and RHP Alex Cobb (2-14, 6.08) for Baltimore. Gray has won three straight starts for the first time in a year. Cobb leads the major leagues in losses after defeats in five straight outings; he opened with three hitless innings last week against Tampa Bay.—

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