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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, April 8th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (3-3) at Texas Rangers (4-2), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 7.11) Texas - Alexi Ogando (1-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Alexi Ogando tries to follow up a brilliant season debut on Monday when the Texas Rangers open a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark.

Ogando won 13 games as a starter in 2011, but the Rangers opted to have him pitch out of the bullpen last season. However, this offseason they made the decision to put him back in the rotation.

It seems to be the right move, as Ogando struck out a career-high 10 batters over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to beat Houston in his first start on Wednesday. He's now 14-1 with a 2.22 ERA when going at least six innings.

"He was outstanding," manager Ron Washington told the league's official website. "We were looking for him to build on his progress in spring training, and he did exactly what we needed him to do. He was outstanding.

"He used his change-up, moved the ball in and out and had a good breaking ball. He still didn't have (total) command of his fastball. He's usually able to do that up. But he'll start dotting it up before it's all over."

Texas got the last laugh on former teammate Josh Hamilton, as the Rangers took two of three from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the weekend, including a 7-3 win in Sunday's rubber match.

Ian Kinsler homered and knocked in four runs, while Lance Berkman belted a two-run homer and David Murphy added a solo shot to help the Rangers earn their fourth win in six tries to start the season.

Yu Darvish (2-0), fresh off his near perfect game, allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over five frames before a blister on his pitching hand forced him out of the contest. The right-hander struck out six.

"I didn't have everything today. It wasn't my 100 percent, but I had to grind it out," Darvish said through his translator. "The reason I was able to do that was because of all the support from my teammates."

Tampa, meanwhile, was denied a sweep in its series with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend and was routed, 13-0, on Sunday.

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price (0-1) came in unbeaten against the Tribe, but was touched for eight runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. He had allowed just seven earned runs and 22 hits in six previous starts against them.

"I don't really have a positive from today," Price said. "They put it to us, and it was very rough."

Hoping for a better effort on Monday, the Rays turn to former AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson, who was awful in his season debut, but escaped without a decision. Hellickson was pounded by the Baltimore Orioles to the tune of five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Hellickson has faced the Rangers twice and is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

The Rays took five of nine from the Rangers last year.

04/08 10:31:34 ET

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tuesday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
 
3rd
GSW 65
BOS 57
 
3rd
DEN 68
WAS 62
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
 
2nd
MD 57
NW 63
 
Half
UTAH 37
WASH 30
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
2nd
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19