Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ranaudo to make Rangers debut on JRD vs. Angels

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will step in for Derek Holland and face left-hander Hector Santiago when the Rangers conclude their three-game series with the Angels on Jackie Robinson Day.
Holland pitched last Friday but suffered a strained shoulder and will be out for at least two months. Ranaudo, acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason and rated as the Rangers' No. 11 prospect, per MLB.com, is being called up to take Holland's spot after throwing five scoreless innings in his first start at Triple-A Round Rock.
Santiago is trying to keep a perfect record going against the Rangers in Arlington. Santiago is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA against the Rangers at their home park. But Adrian Beltre is 6-for-15 with three home runs in his career against Santiago.
Things to know about this game
• Matt Joyce is the only Angels player who has faced Ranaudo in the Major Leagues. Joyce is 0-for-2 with a walk against him.
• Will Leonys Martin be back in the Rangers' leadoff spot? Manager Jeff Banister dropped Martin to the eighth spot in the lineup on Tuesday but said it is only for one game. Still, with a left-hander pitching for the Angels, it might not be the time to put Martin, a left-handed hitter, back at the top of the order.
• The Angels are still without outfielder Kole Calhoun, who is sidelined with a sore right calf muscle. Calhoun is available as a pinch-hitter, but Wednesday will mark the fourth straight game he has been out of the starting lineup. The Angels, who are off Thursday, expect him back on Friday.

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