It's not often a baseball team flies halfway across the country to play a road game sandwiched between two home games. In fact, the Orioles haven't had a one-game road trip with home games immediately before and after since June 25, 1967, according to STATS, LLC.
But a rainout in Texas in April has forced such an occasion, so the O's will trek to Arlington for a one-game trip Monday.
"It kind of feels like going to play the Wild Card there," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, who called it "a big challenge."
Showalter said the Orioles will leave a combination of 10 players and staff members in Baltimore on Monday, including the three starting pitchers who aren't scheduled. The lone O's starter making the trip is right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14 ERA), who is seeking his first win since Sept. 30, 2015.
The Rangers, who open a six-game homestand Monday, will send lefty Derek Holland (5-5, 5.14 ERA) to the hill. Holland has a 7.09 ERA in his past eight starts and allowed five runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings his last time out.
"I need to get it together and get on a roll," Holland said. "My mechanics are fine, I just need to do a better job of execution and making my pitches.
Things to know about this game
• In his career vs. the Rangers, his former team, O's slugger Chris Davis has a .190 average and a .352 slugging percentage. Both are his lowest against any American League club.
• Gausman has received an average of 2.71 runs of support per game in his 11 starts this season, more than a run worse than any other Orioles starter.
• The Rangers are 24-10 at home, the second best 34-game home record in club history.
• Baltimore is 3-2 all time in one-game road trips with home games before and after, according to STATS, LLC. All five games came against the Washington Senators.