Friday, May 20, 2011

Rangers at Phillies: May 20th through May 22nd

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday 7:05, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35

Rangers 23-21, 1st Place in the A.L. West, 1 game ahead of the Athletics
Phillies 26-17, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Marlins

This whole week has been one long scheduling quirk - two with the Cardinals in St. Louis, two with the Rockies at home and now the Texas Rangers come in for a three-game, weekend Interleague series.

First Game: To date, the Phillies and Rangers have faced off six times in Interleague play. (And they should have faced the Rangers in the 2010 World Series, but I'm not bitter or anything.) The Phils swept the Rangers in three games in 2005 at home and lost two out of three in 2008 in Texas. The first time the two teams ever squared off was on June 7, 2005. The Phils won, 8-5, behind a two-run home run from Bobby Abreu and Placido Polanco’s three RBIs. Jon Lieber was the winning pitcher and Billy Wagner notched his 15th save of the season.

Meet the Rangers: Manager - Ron Washington, who is in his fifth full season as manager
Starters - Yorvit Torrealba (c), Mitch Moreland (1b), Ian Kinsler (2b), Adrian Beltre (3b), Elvis Andrus (ss), David Murphy (lf), Craig Gentry (cf), Endy Chavez (rf), Michael Young (dh)
Rotation - C.J. Wilson (lhp), Colby Lewis (rhp), Matt Harrison (lhp), Alexi Ogando (rhp), Derek Holland (lhp)
Bench - Taylor Teagarden (c), Andres Blanco (inf), Chris Davis (inf), Mike Napoli (inf)
Closer - Neftali Feliz (rhp)
Bullpen - Dave Bush (rhp), Cody Eppley (rhp), Mark Lowe (rhp), Darren Oliver (lhp), Arthur Rhodes (lhp), Brett Tomko (rhp)
Disabled List - Omar Beltre (rhp), Scott Feldman (rhp), Tommy Hunter (rhp), Eric Hurley (rhp), Darren O'Day (rhp), Mason Tobin (rhp), Brandon Webb (rhp), Julio Borbon (of), Nelson Cruz (of), Josh Hamilton (of)

At the Ballpark:  Tonight is Irish Heritage Night at the ballpark and all kids will receive a Carlos Ruiz t-shirt on Sunday afternoon.

Rangers Probables: C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison
Phillies Probables: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt

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