Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gallardo takes on Astros' Hernandez in home debut

 Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who started on Opening Day in Oakland, makes his Globe Life Park debut for the Rangers in Saturday's game against the Astros at 7:05 p.m. CT. Gallardo, a native of Fort Worth, threw four innings against the A's on Monday.
Veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez will make his debut for the Astros, entering his 10th Major League season. Hernandez went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA for the Phillies and Dodgers in 2014.
Things to know about this game
• Keep an eye on the Rangers' bullpen, which had to pick up some major slack on Friday when starter Derek Holland left the game after only one inning because of stiffness in the back of his left shoulder.
• After opening the season with three games against the Indians, the Astros are in the midst of 15 consecutive games against American League West foes. Houston will see each AL West club over the next two weeks. It was 35-41 in the division last year.
• Rangers right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo is considered day to day after leaving Friday's game after only two innings with upper back spasms. He started the first four games of the season.

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