Monday, April 13, 2015

Detwiler seeks redemption vs. Shoemaker, Angels

The Rangers will send Ross Detwiler to the mound on Monday in the first of three games against the American League West-rival Angels. The lefty had a hard time in his first start, allowing eight runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings at Oakland.
Los Angeles will employ righty Matt Shoemaker, who earned the victory in his first start of the season against the Mariners. Shoemaker, a 16-game winner as a rookie last season, tossed six innings and surrendered three earned runs on six hits, while striking out five.
Three things to know about this game
• Both the Rangers and Angels have struggled to put men on base and are hovering near the bottom of the AL in on-base percentage. Entering Sunday's games, Texas was at .266 while the Angels were at .244. Both teams were batting .200 prior to Sunday.
• In each of the past two seasons, Mike Trout got off to a stellar start. This year, he hit .389 in his first five games. In 2014, Trout hit .368 with two homers in his first five games and .321 in April. He was the only Angels hitter with more than four hits in the first five games.
• The Rangers have struggled to get production out of the top of the order. Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin led the club in plate appearances with 26 before Sunday's game, but he had only three hits and one walk for a paltry .154 on-base percentage. Elvis Andrus, the No. 2 hitter in four of the first seven games, was hitting .167 with no walks prior to Sunday.

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