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  W: J. Sborz (1-1)   L: C. Reed (0-1)   S: I. Kennedy (3)
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 15, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 4,217

Rangers swing for series win against Rays

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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

With his Rangers in a hitting slump since the middle of last week, Texas manager Chris Woodward decided to mix it up a bit on Tuesday before the second game of a four-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Instead of taking batting practice on the artificial turf at Tropicana Field, he had his club take BP in the cages inside.

The strategy appears to have worked, with the Rangers winning 8-3 and following it with a 5-1 victory Wednesday.

The teams will conclude their four-game series Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"We've said we're going to do things a little different this year, and they got plenty of swings, you know -- trust me on that," Woodward said. "Some of the best teams I played on, we didn't take BP for four straight days and we came out and scored 10 runs a game, so these guys are getting plenty of work in."

Texas got 13 hits on Tuesday. The Rangers also broke their four-game losing streak and saw a runner cross the plate for the first time after 22 scoreless innings.

On Wednesday, they won their second straight by using a four-run seventh inning to blow open a 1-0 game.

In the series finale Thursday night, right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Rangers. He's made two appearances (one start) against the Rays and hasn't recorded a decision but has a 1.69 ERA over 10 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash also decided to mix it up on Tuesday, but it had to do with his team's pitching rather than its hitting.

With right-hander Chris Archer (forearm) placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday and set to miss his scheduled start Thursday, the club called up left-hander Josh Fleming from the taxi squad.

But instead of inserting Fleming in Archer's spot Thursday, the staff bumped his start to Wednesday and pushed 41-year-old lefty Rich Hill (1-0, 7.20) back a day.

Allowing one run and four hits in five innings, Fleming pitched well but was saddled with his first career loss.

To clear a spot for Fleming, Tampa Bay optioned infielder Kevin Padlo to the alternate site. While playing a solid third base, Padlo was 0-for-6 batting with five strikeouts and two walks in his three games.

Cash was able to keep his bullpen in order despite the two losses. He put the final three innings Tuesday in the hands of Trevor Richards -- a bulk-innings right-hander who gave up two runs.

The stint permitted Cash to keep his bullpen arms fresh.

"It helps," Cash said of using only Richards in relief. "Look, you don't like to be on that side of those games very often, but it was big what he did. The bullpen had been pretty taxed. Diego (Castillo) two days in a row, Cody Reed three days in a row.

"To be able to avoid those guys and allow (Richards) to finish the game for us was nice."

In one career start and two relief appearances against Texas, Hill is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 15, 2021

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