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Texas1 0 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 8131
Tampa Bay2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 370
  W: K. Gibson (2-0)   L: R. Yarbrough (0-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, April 13, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 4,753

Rays' Ryan Yarbrough vies for elusive win vs. Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays have won seven of their last 10 meetings overall with Texas. They have lost just one home series against the Rangers since the start of the 2012 season (5-1-2 series record).
  2. Tampa Bay is 4-0 when allowing fewer than six runs this season and 0-5 when allowing six or more. The Rays have allowed 9.20 runs per game in their losses, compared to 2.25 per game in wins.
  3. Texas was swept at home by the Padres in three games over the weekend, getting no-hit by Joe Musgrove in Friday night's 3-0 loss. It was the second time in franchise history the Rangers have been no-hit at home, along with Mike Witt's perfect game with the Angels in 1984.
  4. Jose Trevino has a team-best .391 batting average after recording his fourth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday (2-for-3). That batting average leads all American League catchers this year with at least 20 plate appearances.
  5. Randy Arozarena has hit safely in all eight games this season, picking up his first two home runs of the year on Saturday and Sunday against the Yankees. In 11 career games against the Yankees (including postseason), Arozarena has six homers, nine RBI and a 1.199 OPS.
  6. Tyler Glasnow is the first Rays pitcher all-time with at least 15 strikeouts and a sub-1.00 ERA through his first two starts in a season (15 K, 0.75 ERA). He's averaged 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings since the start of last season, second best among those with at least 10 starts (Shane Bieber, 14.7). 
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2021 thru 4/15/2021

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough is trying to accomplish a very hard task of late -- earn a win as a starting pitcher.

The left-hander will take the mound Tuesday night in the second contest of the Rays' four-game homestand against the Texas Rangers in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Winless in a franchise-record 19 starts dating to Aug. 11, 2019, Yarbrough (0-1, 5.06 ERA) will bring a much different pitching style to the mound than the one utilized by teammate Tyler Glasnow in Monday's opener.

Glasnow overwhelmed the Rangers with a career-high 14 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in a 1-0 win. He fired an upper 90s fastball for some of the punchouts.

However, that's not the game Yarbrough will spin on Tuesday.

Yarbrough relies more on a cutter and a changeup, but right now he will toss whatever it takes to register a win as a starter.

Yarbrough struggled in Tampa Bay's 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. He allowed nine runs (six earned) on nine hits in five innings to take the loss.

"I think it was a matter of some pitch execution, trying to throw to certain areas and missing across the plate," Yarbrough said. "With a team like this that hits the ball really well, you can't really do that."

The Rays called up right-hander Trevor Richards, who is a bulk innings pitcher who can start or work long relief.

After watching pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-0, 7.11) over two starts, the Rangers are likely wondering which version of him they will see Tuesday.

The Rangers' Opening Day starter, Gibson lasted just 32 pitches and faced eight batters on April 1 against the Kansas City Royals. He recorded just one out after Texas scored five times in the top of the first.

Gibson, 33, allowed four hits and issued three walks in Kansas City, with five of the baserunners scoring as each club put up a five-spot in the explosive first frame of the season.

Gibson responded well in his next start, tossing six shutout innings Wednesday in a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. He scattered six hits and struck out eight batters.

"It was just nice to see (him) get back out there and do what we've expected," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.

Woodward added that Gibson, on Wednesday, resembled the pitcher who had a strong 2.70 ERA in 10 innings during spring training.

"(He's) been really good all spring, just like he was today," Woodward said. "He never really got comfortable in that first game and couldn't really recover."

In line to potentially be the Texas closer, right-hander Jonathan Hernandez had season-ending Tommy John surgery on Monday.

The 24-year-old Hernandez was coming off a promising 2020 campaign, going 5-1 with 2.90 ERA in 27 appearances.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 13, 2021

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