Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Jason Vargas

April, 23, 2013
4/23/13
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels continue with the second game of their three-tilt set tonight at Angel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Here's a look at the pitching matchup, featuring Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando and Angels LHP Jason Vargas.

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Ogando (2-1, 3.32 ERA): Took his first loss last week after allowing five runs and six hits in only 2⅓ innings. … Had not given up more than a run in six previous starts dating back to 2011 … The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his career against the Angels … Has been tagged for six earned runs over 23 innings pitched at Angel Stadium … His 3.28 ERA as a starter is the sixth lowest in club history among pitchers with at least 30 career starts.

Vargas (0-2, 6.75 ERA): Has a 4-6 lifetime record against the Rangers (4.48 ERA) in 14 starts … Still seeking first victory as an Angel … Acquired in December from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

Hitters: Mark Trumbo (4-for-10) and Mike Trout (2-for-4, four RBIs) have had success against Ogando … Albert Pujols is 1-for-5, but the hit was a home run … Ogando has held Peter Bourjos (2-for-10, four K's) and Howie Kendrick (3-for-13) in check … Ian Kinsler (12-for-35, one HR and five doubles) and Nelson Cruz (9-for-29, three HRs) have given Vargas a tough time in the past … Adrian Beltre and David Murphy are a combined 3-for-40 against Vargas.

Up next

--Wednesday at Angels: RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.03) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (2-1, 4.24), 9:05 p.m. CT, ESPN-FM 103.3/1540 AM/Fox Sports Southwest

--Thursday at Minnesota Twins: RHP Nick Tepesch (1-1, 3.07) vs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 3.86), 7:10 p.m. CT, ESPN-FM 103.3/1540 AM/Fox Sports Southwest.

--Friday at Minnesota: RHP Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.70) vs. RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11), 7:10 p.m. CT, ESPN-FM 103.3/1540 AM/TXA-21

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182