Baseball takes the sports spotlight again as the Rangers continue their search for a win while the Indians and Royals resume their crucial series.
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Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7:10 PM ET)
Pitching Match-up: Rangers Alexi Ogando RH (6-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson RH (11-8, 5.04 ERA)
For the past few days, the Rangers have been starving for a win. Their hunger continued last night as Tampa Bay handed them their seventh straight loss. Another loss tonight could throw Texas out of the AL wild card picture.
The Rangers now lead Cleveland for the last wild card by half-a-game. Meanwhile, the Rays are determined to strengthen their hold on the AL’s first wild card spot. They have won six of their last seven games at home when Jeremy Hellickson starts.
Texas is 5-1 in Ogando’s last 6 road starts. As for the Rays, they are 3-1 in their last 4 home games against Texas.
Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals (8:10 PM ET)
Pitching Match-up: Indians Corey Kluber RH (9-5, 3.55 ERA) vs. Royals Yordano Ventura RH (NR)
Resting on the shoulder of starting pitcher Corey Kluber are the wildcard hopes of the Indians. Right now, they are half-a-game behind Texas and need the Rangers to lose.
In the middle of a gut-wrenching chase for a wild card in the AL, the Royals have decided to test out top pitching prospect Yordano Ventura. Ventura makes his MLB debut tonight against the Indians. The Royals are coming off a 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the series.
Kluber knows how it feels to beat Kansas City. The Indians are 3-0 in Kluber’s last three starts against the Royals. However, the Royals are 3-1 in their last 4 home games.
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