Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lewis, Keuchel look to build on strong opening starts

Colby Lewis will make his first home start of 2015 for the Rangers on Sunday, hoping to build on a strong first outing in Oakland in which he earned the win by allowing only one earned run on three hits in six innings.
The Astros counter with Dallas Keuchel, the left-handed Opening Day starter who threw seven scoreless innings in a season-opening victory over Corey Kluber and the Indians.
Things to know about this game
• The Rangers are hoping outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will return to the lineup soon, though his status is day-to-day after leaving the home opener Friday with back spasms. The addition of Carlos Peguero gives the Rangers another option in the outfield if Choo can't play; Delino DeShields and Jake Smolinski are also available to fill in.
• Keuchel has made four starts at Globe Life Park, his second-most of any ballpark besides Minute Maid Park. He's 1-1 with a 5.24 ERA in 22 1/3 innings in Arlington, with his most recent outing there a victory last July when he allowed four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
• Rangers manager Jeff Banister has not been afraid to mix things up this season. In six games, Banister has yet to use the same lineup twice, and Leonys Martin is the only player to hit in the same spot in every game having led off and played center all six times.

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