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American Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, August 21st (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (41-84) at Texas Rangers (73-53), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Erik Bedard (3-9, 4.49) Texas - Derek Holland (9-6, 2.95)

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers try to continue their mastery of the Houston Astros on Wednesday when the Lone Star State rivals close out a three- game set from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas continued its amazing run on Tuesday, as Adrian Beltre clubbed the go- ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning to propel the Rangers to a 4-2 win.

Travis Blackley, who was acquired from Houston in exchange for cash considerations on Aug. 14 after being designated for assignment by the Astros, allowed three hits and two runs over four innings in his Rangers debut.

Neal Cotts (5-2) had three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the AL West leaders, who have won 17 of their last 21 games overall. The Rangers have also beaten the Astros in 13 of the last 14 meetings.

Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 37th save.

Jarred Cosart (1-1) gave up more than two runs for the first time in his career. The right-hander, in his seventh major league start, allowed four hits and three runs over six innings.

"I was keeping them off balance," Cosart said. "A couple of guys buckled on curveballs. I threw it for a strike and they couldn't sit on one pitch. That helped me get through six, but Beltre kind of speaks for itself."

Houston's woes could continue on Wednesday, as it goes up against lefty Derek Holland, who'll once again be trying to become the first pitcher to record double-digit wins for the Rangers in three consecutive seasons since Rick Helling did so from 1998-2001.

Holland, though, is winless in his last two starts since improving to 9-6 on Aug. 4. He may not have received a decision on Friday against Seattle, but it was through no fault of his own, as he scattered two hits over seven scoreless innings in his team's 3-1 loss.

"I know they are doing everything they can," Holland said. "That's the way baseball is. You've just got to take the runs when they come. There may be nights when I don't get past the third inning and they score 60 runs."

Houston, meanwhile, will counter with a lefty of its own in Erik Bedard, who has lost his last six decisions. Bedard's most recent setback came on Thursday in Oakland, as he was roughed up to the tune of five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, dropping him to 3-9 to go along with a 4.49 ERA.

Bedard is 5-5 lifetime versus the Rangers with a 3.55 ERA in 19 games (18 starts).

Texas is 18-3 in its last 21 against the Astros.

08/21 10:38:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR