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Thursday, August 14 (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (59-61) at Texas Rangers (47-73), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89) Texas - Robbie Ross Jr. (2-4, 5.61)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays try to extend an American League record and a win a series in the process when they conclude their four-game set with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Tampa allowed three runs or less for an AL-record 17th straight road game on Wednesday and rolled to its fifth win in seven tries in a 10-1 rout of the Rangers. Chris Archer struck out a career-high 12 batters in the victory and allowed one run and four hits over seven innings.

"It was one of those situations where you get in the zone and blackout," Archer said of his start.

Tampa Bay starters have limited the Rangers to just one run over 20 2/3 innings in this series.

Miles Mikolas (1-5) was roughed up for all 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

"I made a few bad pitches in those first two innings, but I did a good job of regrouping," Mikolas said.

Getting the call for the Rays on Thursday will be righty Jake Odorizzi, who is 8-9 with a 3.89 ERA. Odorizzi won for the fourth time in five starts on Saturday in Chicago, as he struck out nine batters and held the Cubs to just three hits over six scoreless innings.

"I can't really pinpoint a certain thing. It's kind of how it happened. You make a good pitch. And either they think it's a ball and it's a strike or they swing through it," Odorizzi said. "When you throw three or four different pitches as different speeds, it's hard to put it in play if you're looking for something and you get something else."

Texas, meanwhile, had hoped to have ace Yu Darvish on the hill for the finale, but the Japanese right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.

Darvish becomes the 14th Ranger currently on the DL. Texas, of course, has had a major league-high 24 players shelved overall this season, including Darvish earlier this year due to neck stiffness.

So, the Rangers will hand the ball to Robbie Ross Jr., who started the year in Texas' rotation, going 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA in nine starts. After being sent to Triple-A Round Rock, Ross compiled a 10.54 ERA over his first four games (3 starts), but bounced back to pitch to a 2.91 ERA over his final five starts there.

"We felt like he's made progress and is ready to get an opportunity," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He would have been up in September anyway. He feels good and has his confidence back. He made a couple of mechanical adjustments, but the main thing is he has his confidence back."

Tampa has won four of six from the Rangers this season.

08/14 10:30:11 ET

  • NFL: Tampa Bay at Atlanta

    Thursday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Friday at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Maryland at Syracuse

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Dave Doeren press conference

    Tomorrow at 12:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Larry Fedora press conference

    Tomorrow at 11:45 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Panther Talk with Ron Rivera

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia vs. Indianapolis (JiP)

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 24
DET 7
Final
TOR 5
TAM 6
Final
DET 6
CLE 4
Final
NYM 0
WAS 3
Final
PIT 7
CHC 3
Final
PHI 4
MIA 5
 
Final
KAN 4
BOS 8
Final
MIL 9
CIN 2
Final
CWS 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 4
COL 1
Final
TEX 10
ATL 3
Final
ANA 1
HOU 6
Final
SFG 2
LOS 4
Final
SEA 0
OAK 4
Final
ARI 8
SDP 6
6th
BAL 1
NYY 1
 
Final
NYG 14
ARI 25
Final
CIN 24
ATL 10
Final
TEN 10
DAL 26
Final
CAR 24
DET 7
Final
WAS 41
JAC 10
Final
BUF 29
MIA 10
Final
MIN 7
NEP 30
Final
CLE 26
NOS 24
Final
SDC 30
SEA 21
Final
TAM 17
STL 19
Final
OAK 14
HOU 30
Final
DEN 24
KAN 17
Final
GBP 31
NYJ 24
2nd
SFX 17
CHI 0