Tampa enters leg 2 of this inexplicable road trip which has the D-Rays going from Boston to Arlington and then BACK to New York to face the Yankees. Luckily for the Rays, the Rangers finished a 3 games series in Seattle and needed a red-eye flight that probably landed in Dallas early this morning. The Rays enter this weekend series against the Rangers having salvaged the series finale against the Red Sox, and getting back to .500 at 8-8. The Rangers enter the series on a bit of an upswing. After starting the season 2-7, they have won 5 of 7 and just took two of three from the Seattle Mariners top run their record to 7-9 on the season. SS Michael Young is doing his usual thing at the plate hitting .348 to start the season. 3B Hank Blalock (.295-3-11) and 1B Mark Teixeira (.311-2-7) have been consistent early on. DH Phil Nevin leads the team with 4 homers and 15 RBI. There are no real base stealing threats on the team.
Tonight, Seth McClung will try to get his season on track as he faces Kameron Loe. McClung’s curveball has abandoned him this season and he has stated that he may stop throwing it all together. Loe has yet to win a game but has pitched well enough to do so. In his last outing he went 7 innings against the A’s surrendering 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 unearned run taking a no-decision. Saturday’s starters for both clubs have yet to be settled. Although no official decision has been made we would be surprised if Edwin Jackson wasn’t recalled from Durham. Rick Bauer is scheduled for the Rangers, but he pitched in relief on Thursday night. If he starts, he wouldn’t go very deep into the game. Buck Schowalter has stated that his back up plan would be to piece-meal the game with relievers pitching 2-3 innings each. On Sunday, Casey Fossum will once again unleash his “Fossum Flop”. He will face John Koronka who is off to a solid start (2-1, 3.94). In his last start, he went 5 innnings against Seattle giving up 5 hits, 4 walks and 1 run, striking out 4.
Friday, 8:05 et
Devil Rays Seth McClung, RHP (1-2, 9.00)
Rangers Kameron Loe, RHP (0-2, 3.38)
Saturday, 8:05 et
Devil Rays Edwin Jackson (?), RHP (0-0, 0.00)
Rangers Rick Bauer (?), RHP (1-0, 4.66)
Sunday, 2:05 et
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (0-0, 5.50)
Rangers John Koronka, LHP (2-1, 3.94)