Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DeSclafani tasked with cooling off surging Rangers

The Reds received their second and final off-day this month on Monday before starting the final series of a 10-game road trip in Arlington against the Rangers on Tuesday.
Texas is the hottest team in baseball, having won its last nine series, while Cincinnati is playing well with a June record above .500.
"We talk about momentum, momentum is in the energy," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It sure does feel good when you go home at night with a win, lie down, come back the next day and get to the ballpark. It creates a different synergy."
The Reds will run out right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who is making just his third start of the season. It's been a struggle off the strained oblique he suffered in Spring Training, and the third-year hurler was shelled by Atlanta for four runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday.
The Rangers turn to Colby Lewis, who has been on top of his game lately. Lewis took a perfect game into the eighth inning vs. Oakland last week and has allowed just five hits in his last 17 innings.
"I feel like that's all individual-type stuff -- individual-type nonsense. I don't really worry about that," Lewis said of not letting his near no-hitter affect his next start. "At the end of the day, we won. I feel like I did what I needed to do that day, and that's about it."
Things to know about this game
• The Reds have only played two series at Globe Life Park (2002, 2013), going 2-4 while losing both sets.
• Five of the Rangers' nine series wins during their impressive three-week stretch have come against teams that had a record of .500 or better.
• DeSclafani has never faced Texas, and the Rangers are only the fourth American League squad he'll have pitched against through his 47th career appearance.
• The Rangers will honor their 1996 American League West championship team before Tuesday's game. It was the first Rangers team to win a division title. Ivan Rodriguez, Rusty Greer, Jeff Russell and Will Clark are some of the many members of the team expected to take part in the pregame festivities.

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