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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 680
LA Angels0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 493
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  W: K. Arihara (2-1)   L: D. Bundy (0-2)   S: I. Kennedy (4)
6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET21:38 ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST9:08 PM VEN5:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT, April 19, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 11,396

Angels return to field against Rangers after unplanned days off

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Texas went 6-4 in this series last season but lost three of four games in Anaheim. The Angels have won or split each of their last eight home series against Texas, last losing one in August 2017.
  2. After a 10-3 home win over the Twins on Friday, the final two games of the series were cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests in the Twins organization. Los Angeles is averaging 6.1 runs per game at home this season, second best in the majors (Reds, 8.1).
  3. The Rangers scored four runs total in dropping two of three games to the Orioles over the weekend, including a 1-0 10-inning victory on Sunday. They average 3.6 more runs per game on the road this year (5.7) than at home (2.1), the largest such differential in MLB.
  4. Nate Lowe ranks second in the American League with 16 RBI (J.D. Martinez, Bos -- 18). He had a walkoff RBI single in yesterday's win over Baltimore, just his second RBI in his last 11 games after opening with 14 in his first five contests.
  5. Justin Upton hit his eighth career grand slam on Friday, and his first with the Angels. He's the only active MLB player to hit a grand slam with five different teams (D-backs, Braves, Padres, Tigers, Angels).
  6. Dylan Bundy is one of two MLB pitchers with at least three quality starts this season (6.0+ IP, three or fewer ER) and no wins to show for it (0-1); the other is Miami's Sandy Alcantara. Bundy is 5-1 in seven career starts against the Rangers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/19/2021 thru 4/21/2021

The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers will begin a three-game series in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday night, with the Angels coming in well-rested after having had two weekend games postponed because of issues related to COVID-19 with the Minnesota Twins.

Pitchers Jose Quintana (Saturday) and Alex Cobb (Sunday) were scheduled to starts for Los Angeles on those days, but instead will be skipped in the rotation. Angels manager Joe Maddon has decided to pitch right-hander Dylan Bundy on Monday.

Bundy (0-1, 3.32 ERA) has been the Angels' best starter this season, even though he is still looking for his first victory. He's lasted at least six innings in all three starts and has not allowed more than three runs in any of them.

Bundy has pitched well against Texas in his career, going 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA in nine games (seven starts).

Angels center fielder Mike Trout likewise has played well against the Rangers, batting .325 with 38 homers, 109 RBIs and a 1.066 OPS in 160 career games against them.

He enters the series off to a good start this season, avoiding any prolonged slump. He has hit safely in all but two games and has scored at least one run in all but three. His on-base percentage (.526) is the best in the American League.

"He is a grinder in spite of being this superstar baseball player," Maddon said. "He grinds all the time. He's focused and he's ready and wants to be there in (key) moments."

Willie Calhoun is expected to be in the lineup Monday, the Rangers' outfielder back on the active roster after being out with a groin injury since early in spring training. He finally returned to the lineup Saturday as the DH against Baltimore and went 2 for 4. He was on the bench to start Sunday's game but entered as a pinch hitter and was 1 for 1 with a walk.

A focus of Calhoun's this year is to get opposing teams to re-think implementing a defensive shift against him, loading up the right side of the infield for the left-handed hitter. And on Saturday, he made inroads to achieving that as both of his hits were sprayed to the left side of the field.

"He talks about it openly. He's tired of people shifting him, so he's going to do everything he can," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I think the biggest key for him is to just stay to the middle of the field.

"He's trying to eliminate pull-side ground balls and elevate the ball in the air to the pull side, especially on off-speed (pitches). If you can do that, he's going to hit line drives all over the field, he's going to hit balls in the gaps, he's going to hit his home runs. He's dedicated to that."

Right-hander Kohei Arihara will start on the mound for Texas, off to a good start to his major-league career after pitching six seasons in Japan. Arihara, who was a teammate of Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani from 2015-17 with the Nippon Ham Fighters, is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in three starts.

Arihara got his first major-league win in his most recent start, shutting out the Tampa Bay Rays for 5 2/3 innings last Wednesday in the Rangers' 5-1 win.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 19, 2021

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