Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pair of 5s square off for Angels and Rangers

Nick Martinez began the season as the Rangers' fifth starter, but is quickly moving up the pecking order after throwing seven scoreless innings against the Athletics on Thursday. Drew Rucinski is the Angels' fifth starter, but that may only be a temporary situation.
The two No. 5s will face each other on Tuesday night, when the Rangers host the Angels. Martinez, beginning his second big league season, is coming off one of the best starts of his career, having held the Athletics to four hits and two walks while striking out five.
Rucinski will be making his first Major League start, and is holding down a spot in the rotation until Garrett Richards comes off the disabled list later this month. Rucinski, who threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Saturday, pitched twice in relief against the Rangers last season and allowed four runs in five innings.
Three things to know about this game:
• Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is expected to be back in the lineup after not starting two straight games because of a strained right calf. He is 3-for-8 with a home run off Martinez.
• Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 23rd all-time in doubles, with 564. Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is 22nd on the list, with 572.
• The Rangers are close to activating right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers (sprained right ankle) off the disabled list. He should return either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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