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Rangers look to strike first against Braves
Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers
- The Braves and Rangers have not played each other since 2017, when Texas won two of the three games of a series in Atlanta. The Rangers lead the all-time series between the clubs, 11 wins to 10, despite losing the first six games (in 2002 and 2003).
- The Braves hit three home runs in their 5-2 win against the Cubs last night. Atlanta leads the National League with 24 home runs this season. The Rangers have allowed 28 home runs this season, at least four more than every other major league team.
- Ian Anderson has allowed only four hits to right-handed batters in his three starts this year, all singles (in 28 at-bats, a .143 batting average and slugging percentage). Left-handed batters are 7-for-23 with five extra-base hits off Anderson this season (.304 BA, .696 SLG).
- The Rangers are 2-8 at Globe Life Field this season, losing each of their three home series (0-2 vs. Rockies 1-3 vs. Angels, 1-3 vs. Astros). They've tied the franchise high for losses in the team's first 10 home games of a season, done seven times before (last in 2018).
- Garrett Richards pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two hits in his only start this season (Sunday at Oakland). Richards had a .300 opponents' batting average in his 22 starts last season (for the Red Sox), the highest of any A.L. pitcher who made 20 or more starts.
- Matt Olson has reached base safely 38 times this season (23 hits, 15 walks), which ties him with Juan Soto and Ty France for second most in the majors, behind Manny Machado (40).
- Blue Jays hire Mattingly as bench coach
- 1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal
- MLBPA extends Clark through 2027
- Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal
- Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana
The Texas Rangers will try to produce more first-inning magic when they play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Braves in Arlington, Texas.
The Rangers scored in the first inning on Saturday when Corey Seager hit a solo home run in a 3-1 win. It was the first time the team had scored in the first frame since Opening Day.
"Obviously any time you have the lead you feel better," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "The other team is playing from being right from the beginning. Hopefully we can do that more often because we preach that heavily and we know how important that is to the psyche of the ballclub of both teams. We've just got to do more of that."
Seager is starting to heat up. He has homered in three straight games, tying his career high. And rookie Zach Reks was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, got his first major league hit and went 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run.
"It was such a relief," Reks admitted. "To be part of this game was incredible."
Reks was hitless in 10 at-bats over six games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.
The Rangers will start left-hander Taylor Hearn (0-2, 7.47 ERA) in the finale. The Braves have not named a starter. Normally it would be Max Fried's turn to pitch, but Atlanta is holding him out to start the series against the National League East-leading New York Mets on Monday.
Atlanta has options. It might recall left-hander Kyle Muller, who made eight starts for Atlanta in 2021; he is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Gwinnett. His last start was April 23 when he struck out eight in four innings. Another option is to use the rubber-armed Jesse Chavez as an opener and go with a bullpen game.
"We'll talk about it and have someone for you (Sunday)," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.
Hearn will make his fifth start of the season in the finale of the homestand. Opponents are hitting .353 against Hearns, who last pitched on Tuesday and took the loss against the Houston Astros when he allowed four runs on five hits and one walk and struck out four in five innings.
Hearn has never faced Atlanta. This will be his second career start against a National League team.
The Atlanta offense was kept off-balance by Texas starter Dane Dunning on Saturday, and the Braves were limited to one run for the first time since April 20 against the Dodgers. The loss prevented the Braves from reaching the .500 mark for the first time they were 5-5 on April 16.
"We're still finding ourselves. We're fine," Snitker said. "These guys stay level. That's their mantra. They'll come out (Sunday), they'll prepare and they'll give everything they've got."
Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday's game. In two games since making his season debut on Thursday, Acuna is 2-for-9 -- both singles -- with one RBI, two stolen bases and three strikeouts.
Acuna returned to the team after sustaining a torn right ACL last July.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 1, 2022