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  W: J. Suarez (8-8)   L: J. Hernández (2-3)   S: R. Tepera (6)
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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 32,472

Josh Jung bids to impress as Rangers face Angels

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Rangers have won 10 of their 16 games against the Angels this season, including four wins in six games in Anaheim. The Angels hit 17 home runs in the 10 games they played in Arlington this year but they've hit only two homers in their six home games against Texas.
  2. The Rangers have the worst record in the major leagues in games decided by a one-run margin this season (14-33, .298) and the Angels have the sixth-worst mark in such games (17-25, .405). Texas has the lowest winning percentage in one-run games this season both at home (8-14, .364) and on the road (6-19, .240).
  3. Glenn Otto beat the Angels in Anaheim on May 25 (five innings, one run) but he's 0-4 with a 4.66 ERA in his 10 road starts since then, including a start against the Angels on July 30 (no decision, five innings, four runs).
  4. The Angels bring a 13-12 September record into their final game this month. The team was 14-8 in April this year but they posted a losing record in each of the next four months: 13-15 in May, 10-18 in June, 6-18 in July and 14-15 in August.
  5. Mike Trout has hit 10 home runs in September, which ties him with Aaron Judge and Anthony Santander for the most in MLB. This is the sixth time Trout has hit 10 or more homers in a calendar month during his 12 seasons in the majors. His career high for home runs in one month is 13 in July 2019.
  6. Reid Detmers allowed 11 home runs in his first 12 starts this season (58 innings) but he has given up only two homers in 12 starts since then (65 innings) and none in his last six starts. Patrick Sandoval is the only pitcher with a longer streak of homerless starts for the Angels this season (nine, April 12 through June 5).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/30/2022 thru 10/2/2022

The Texas Rangers will continue to give a strong look to top prospect Josh Jung on Saturday in the second contest of a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

Jung, 24, was expected to miss the entire season after sustaining a torn labrum in his left shoulder while working out just prior to spring training. The initial plan was to keep him off the field to ensure a healthy return in 2023.

But Jung returned sooner than expected, first playing eight games for the Rangers' Rookie League team in Arizona in early August before joining Triple-A Round Rock for 23 games.

Jung was promoted to the big-league club on Sept. 9 and started fast, getting five extra-base hits in his first six games with Texas (66-90). He endured a 0-for-19 stretch over five games but snapped out of the slump with two hits against Cleveland on Sunday.

Jung carried that over in a big way on Tuesday when he had two homers to highlight a three-hit game against Seattle.

Jung, who went 0-for-4 in the Rangers' 4-1 loss to the Angels (71-86) on Friday, is hitting .208 with four doubles, five homers and 12 RBIs in 20 games overall.

"You see glimpses of what he can do for you, offensively and defensively," Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said. "It's good to see that. Looking ahead, you have that type of potential in the lineup. He's got power ... really, to all fields."

Jung's biggest obstacle, it seems, is staying healthy. He sustained a stress fracture in his left foot that caused him to miss the beginning of the 2021 season. But he went on to hit .326 with 19 homers and 61 RBIs in 78 games combined between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas rookie left-hander Cole Ragans (0-3, 5.40 ERA) will be on the mound Saturday to make his ninth career start. He is coming off a loss his last time out after surrendering four runs (three earned) in five innings against Cleveland.

Ragans, 24, faced the Angels on Sept. 20 and received a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Left-hander Jose Suarez (7-8, 4.06) will make his 22nd appearance (20th start) this season for the Angels on Saturday. He is 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Rangers.

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who went 2-for-4 Friday, extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games.

Ohtani is hitting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and an .888 OPS at the plate, and is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA on the mound. He may not win his second consecutive American League MVP award because New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has 61 home runs and has a chance to win the Triple Crown.

"I definitely feel like this season is better overall," Ohtani said through an interpreter. "My pitching numbers are better and I'm just playing with more confidence after experiencing last year. I know I won MVP last year, but I feel like I'm having a better season this year.

"I feel like you guys are more of an expert on the voting, the writers, so I'll leave it up to you guys. But I'm definitely enjoying it. I enjoy watching Judge. I watched him hit 61. Just as a baseball fan, it's great watching him do his thing."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 1, 2022

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