Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Short set in Arlington ends with Straily facing Hamels

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels will square off against Reds right-hander Dan Straily on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in the finale of the two-game set.
Hamels threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out six and picked up his seventh win of the season in the Rangers' 1-0 victory over the Cardinals last Friday. It was his longest scoreless outing since he no-hit the Cubs on July 25 last season. He is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four June starts and has gone at least seven innings in each.
Straily was roughed up in his most recent start, against the Braves on Thursday, allowing a career-high six runs on seven hits through 4 1/3 innings. Other than that outing, he's been solid in his first season with the Reds, and has held opponents to a .211 average -- ninth best in the National League.
Three things to know about this game:
• Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen -- on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain in his right elbow -- is expected to be activated before Wednesday's game. He is likely to replace right-hander Alfredo Simon on the roster; Simon is back in Cincinnati as he continues to nurse an injured right shoulder.
• Flu-like symptoms kept Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto out of the lineup on Tuesday for just the second time this season, though he could return for the finale. Votto is batting .150 in 20 career at-bats against Hamels.
• Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond is slated to sit on Wednesday in his first day off since April 17. He is expected to be replaced by Ryan Rua.

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