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

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182