American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 24th
(All times eastern)
Texas Rangers (13-7) at LA Angels of Anaheim (8-11), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.02)
LA Angels - Michael Roth (1-0, 3.60)
(Sports Network) - Young lefty Michael Roth makes the first start of his big-
league career on Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host
the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium to close out a three-game series.
Roth, who turned 23 in February, was ninth-round pick of the Angels last
season and debuted on April 13 with two scoreless innings of relief while
getting a 5-4 win over Houston.
He's pitched three subsequent times in a relief role and has allowed four hits
and two runs in three innings.
The most recent of his outings was two days ago against the Rangers, when he
allowed a hit and a run while retiring no one in Texas' 7-6 loss.
In his brief career thus far, he's allowed a .235 opposition batting average.
Texas replies with second-year Japanese phenom Yu Darvish, who aims for a
fourth win in five starts.
The import won 16 of 25 decisions across 29 starts as a big-league rookie in
2012 and was selected to the American League's All-Star team.
He tossed seven innings of scoreless three-hit ball against Seattle in his
most recent start on April 19.
Overall, in 26 2/3 innings, he's allowing a minuscule .144 batting average and
came within an out of a no-hitter in his first start on April 2 at Houston.
Darvish, who beat the Angels in his subsequent start five days later, is 4-1
against them in his career.
On Tuesday, Howie Kendrick's game-winning solo homer in the 11th inning was
his second of the night and lifted the Angels to a 5-4 win.
Facing Joe Ortiz (2-1) with one away, Kendrick got a 1-1 fastball down the
heart of the plate and smacked it over the center field wall to give the
Angels their fourth win in five games.
"I just tried to stay in the middle and drive the ball," Kendrick said. "He
was trying to get the ball in and he left it over the plate. It was a four
Kendrick also stroked a two-run shot and added an RBI single in the triumph.
Mike Trout's spectacular catch in the ninth kept the game tied. With a man on
third and two outs, Adrian Beltre ripped a hooking liner earmarked for the
left-field corner. But Trout got a fantastic jump on the ball and made a
diving grab at the warning track to keep the contest tied.
Dane De La Rosa (1-0) tossed two perfect frames to pick up the win.
Nelson Cruz had a three-run homer for Texas, which had its four-game winning
"We battled back after giving them two runs in the first. Alexi (Ogando) kept
us in the game and we felt good with Ortiz out there, but Howie got us
tonight," Texas manager Ron Washington said.
The Rangers won two of three from the Angels when the teams played three games
in Arlington in early April. The Angels won 10 of 19 games in the series last
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