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Monday, April 22nd (All times eastern)

Texas Rangers (12-6) at LA Angels of Anaheim (7-10), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Derek Holland (1-1, 1.64) LA Angels - Joe Blanton (0-3, 8.59)

(Sports Network) - Righty Joe Blanton gets a chance to end a three-game April skid on Monday night when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host the Texas Rangers to begin a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Blanton, a veteran of 231 major-league starts, split 2012 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia while winning 10 times in 23 decisions.

He signed with the Angels in the offseason, inking a three-year deal worth $22 million.

The University of Kentucky product has dropped each of three starts since joining the Angels while allowing 26 hits and 15 runs in 14 2/3 innings.

He's 6-4 in 13 appearances against Texas with a 4.89 earned run average.

The Rangers start lefty Derek Holland, who's won 28 games in the last two seasons.

The native of Ohio opened 2013 with a no-decision against the Angels and subsequently split starts against Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs while posting a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings.

He allowed two runs on six hits in the April 5 game against the Angels, which was won by Texas, 3-2.

In 17 career meetings with Los Angeles, Holland is 7-5.

On Sunday at Texas, Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre each had two-run homers as the Rangers crushed the Seattle Mariners, 11-3, to earn a three-game sweep.

Leonys Martin had a solo home run, a triple and scored twice for the Rangers, who picked up their first three-game sweep of Seattle since Sept. 23-25, 2011.

Starter Justin Grimm (1-0) tossed six innings and yielded two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and struck out nine for his first win of the season.

At Anaheim, Mark Trumbo hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning, and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory.

Trumbo sent a 3-1 offering from Phil Coke (0-2) over the left-field wall, lifting the Angels to their fifth straight win at home.

The blast made a winner out of Jerome Williams (1-0), who gave up two hits over three scoreless innings.

The Rangers won two of three from the Angels when the teams played three games in Arlington in early April. The Angels won 10 of 19 games in the series last season.

04/22 10:58:17 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
 
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TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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ANA
OAK
 
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SDP
COL
 
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SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
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CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
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TAM
MON
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PIT
CLB
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ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR