Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Friday, July 1
Game 2: Saturday, July 2
Game 3: Sunday, July 3

Marlins 5

(36-46, 20-22 away)

Rangers 15

(44-39, 24-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 1, 2011

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: A. Ogando (8-3)

    L: A. Sanchez (6-2)

    Marlins-Rangers Preview


    It may be the Texas heat or the workload that comes with being a major league starting pitcher for the first time, but most likely batters have figured out the Rangers' Alexi Ogando.

    The right-hander will try to snap a three-start losing streak Friday night when Texas opens a weekend set against the Florida Marlins, who look to win three straight for the first time since late May.

    Ogando had been 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 12 starts before his slide began June 14. He was reached for six runs and six hits in only 1 2/3 innings of a 12-4 loss to the New York Yankees, then gave up three runs in five innings in a 4-2 defeat at Atlanta in his next start.

    On Saturday, Ogando was ripped for six runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in three innings as the Rangers fell 14-5 to the New York Mets.

    Manager Ron Washington isn't too concerned about the struggles from Ogando (7-3, 2.87 ERA), who's already pitched 91 innings this year. He logged 41 2/3 innings in 44 relief appearances last season.

    "How many starts you get? 30? He had three (poor ones) in a row," Washington said. "I hope he makes an adjustment in his next start."

    Ogando will be opposed by Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 2.82), who will try to end his streak of three straight no-decisions for Florida.

    The right-hander has allowed four runs and 18 hits in 20 innings over that stretch. Facing Seattle on Sunday, Sanchez gave up one run in six innings, but the Marlins fell 2-1 after reliever Steve Cishek uncorked a wild pitch on an intentional walk that plated the go-ahead run in the 10th inning.

    "The pitching was pretty good. Anibal wasn't quite as sharp as he's been, but he was good enough to keep the score down," manager Jack McKeon told the Marlins' official website.

    Sanchez, who hasn't lost since April 10, suffered the only setback in four career decisions during interleague play against Texas on June 16, 2010. He gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings of a 6-3 defeat in Miami.

    The Marlins (36-45) closed a miserable month Thursday with a 5-4 victory over Oakland -- their second straight after going 3-23.

    "It was a rough one," said winning pitcher Chris Volstad. "Hopefully this is a step forward and we can keep building off of this and go into Texas and keep playing the way we played these last two games."

    John Buck had two hits and two RBIs, and Logan Morrison and Hanley Ramirez also drove in runs for Florida, which hasn't won three in a row since sweeping the Giants in San Francisco from May 24-26.

    "There's a little momentum," McKeon said. "They have a good feeling about themselves. All we need to do is win three or four in a row and who knows, maybe it will snowball."

    Texas (43-39) opens a 10-game homestand after managing four hits in a 7-0 loss to the NL-worst Astros on Thursday. The Rangers had won eight straight in Houston.

    Elvis Andrus had two hits after missing four games with a wrist injury.

    "Before I got hurt, I was swinging the ball pretty good, so today it was really good for me that my timing was still there," said Andrus, who's batting .326 (14 for 43) in his last 11 games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1W6
    Last 103-79-1

    Pitching Matchup

    A. Sanchez
    8-9, 3.67 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at FLA
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    A. Ogando
    13-8, 3.51 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at LAA
    1.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. E. Bonifacio, CF I. Kinsler, 2B
    2. O. Infante, 2B E. Andrus, SS
    3. G. Sanchez, 1B J. Hamilton, LF
    4. H. Ramirez, SS A. Beltre, 3B
    5. L. Morrison, LF M. Young, DH
    6. G. Stanton, RF N. Cruz, RF
    7. G. Dobbs, DH M. Moreland, 1B
    8. J. Buck, C T. Teagarden, C
    9. D. Wise, CF E. Chavez, LF