American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 27th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (56-47) at Cleveland Indians (54-48), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (9-4, 2.86)
Cleveland - Justin Masterson (11-7, 3.60)
(Sports Network) - After winning the series opener in dramatic fashion, the
Cleveland Indians host the Texas Rangers in the second chapter of a three-game
set at Progressive Field.
Ryan Raburn ripped a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the
11th, as the Indians defeated Texas, 11-8, on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera,
Michael Brantley, and Mike Aviles each had three hits for the Indians, while
Nick Swisher scored twice as he went 2-for-6 with a home run.
Raburn ignored a bunt sign prior to his game-winning shot.
"It's funny because I thought about this in the back of my mind about still
doing it on my own just to move the runner over there," Raburn said. "The way
I've been feeling at the plate I felt like I had better chances swinging the
bat and it paid off for us."
Michael Bourn went just 1-for-6 on Friday, but he managed to drive in three
runs to contribute. Cleveland's center fielder has hit safely in four straight
games and tallied seven RBI in his past two.
The Indians now take aim at their third win in a row as Justin Masterson takes
the hill. The All-Star has completed three shutouts this season and took a no-
hitter in the seventh inning of Sunday's 7-1 win at Minnesota. The 28-year
old starter left the game after giving up just one hit and a run. The victory
improved Masterson to 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA.
Texas will counter with the sensational Yu Darvish, who came off the disabled
list on Monday to hold the Yankees scoreless for 6 2/3 innings. Darvish threw
only 90 pitches in his return to action, which was his second lowest total of
"He was just attacking hitters," catcher Geovany Soto said. "His fastball
command was the best I've ever seen. It was great to see after a stint on the
DL. He was commanding every single pitch in his repertoire."
Despite the loss, Texas compiled 14 hits on Friday with Adrian Beltre and
Leonys Martin recorded three apiece. Ian Kinsler contributed with four RBI
while going 2-for-5 for the Rangers, who are now 2-6 since the All-Star break.
Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run, but he is just 5-for-28 with two RBI over the
past seven games.
Elvis Andrus has registered at least one hit in each of the eight games since
the All-Star break to raise his batting average to .249. The 24-year old
shortstop has an excellent chance of extending his streak as he has gone 5-
for-10 with a walk in history against Masterson.
Cleveland won two of three against the Rangers earlier this season and is 14-4
against the AL West. Texas is four games back of Oakland for first place in
the AL West while the Indians trail the Tigers by three in the AL Central
07/27 10:25:03 ET