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15/04/2019 a las 04:09:07
ing rotation next season will go head-to-head when the Los Angeles Angels host the Texas Rangers on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.Adrian Sampson is scheduled to make his fourth career start and third with the Rangers. Felix Pena will make his 17th start for the Angels since being converted from a reliever earlier this season.Sampson (0-2 [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-luis-valbuena-jersey]http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey[/url ] , 4.09 ERA) made his starting debut with the Rangers on Sept. 11 at Angel Stadium. He held Los Angeles (75-81) to one run and two hits in five innings, but eight Angels relievers combined to shut out the Rangers 1-0 after holding them without a hit for 7 1/3 innings.Article continues below ...Angels first baseman Jose Fernandez hit his first major league home run in the second inning to account for the only run.The Rangers (66-89) didn’t provide any run support in Sampson’s second start either. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-0 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. In the 10 2/3 innings that Sampson has been in the game as a starter, Texas has combined for one hit.Sampson told MLB.com after his last outing that he’s always been slotted as a fastball pitcher but likes the way he has been executing all of his pitches lately.“It has been good for two starts,” he said. “I am a workhorse and I can go deep in games. I can help the team. I can give them innings as a starting pitcher. I just want to show them that.”Before Texas manager Jeff Banister was fired Friday, he said the last week of the season will be important for players like Sampson.“These guys are still out here competing on a daily basis,” Banister told MLB.com after Sampson’s last start. Pena (3-5, 4.20) made his only appearance against the Rangers on Sept. 12 in Anaheim [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-chris-young-jersey]Chris Young Jersey[/url] , throwing six shutout innings in the 8-1 victory. Pena has performed a lot more like that lately than he did in his last outing, when he gave up six runs and six hits in four innings of a 10-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.Pena told MLB.com after the loss that he planned to quickly put that appearance behind him.“Some days you’re going to feel good, but you’re not going to be able to control what happens,” he said. “The only thing that I can control is to keep working hard like I’ve been doing and prepare for my next start.”Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons left a 6-2 loss at the Houston Astros on Sunday with a left knee injury but told reporters after the game that he hoped to play Monday.Angels center fielder Mike Trout rested Sunday after hitting a home run in five of the previous six games. He has 38 home runs this season, three shy of his career high set in 2015. Other than setting the stage for 2019, the Pittsburgh Pirates might be the only team with something to play for in a series with the Kansas City Royals that is scheduled to begin Monday at PNC Park.Not that the Pirates’ chance to end above .500 comes with great rewards compared with a strong finish.“We want to play good baseball to the end,” Pittsburgh outfielder Corey Dickerson told AT&T Sportsnet [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-cam-bedrosian-jersey]Cam Bedrosian Jersey[/url] , adding that the team wants to “have good vibes going into the offseason.”Article continues below ...The Royals will be starting their final road trip and the Pirates are opening their final homestand — although the weather forecast is not in their favor for Monday based on the fallout from the storm named Florence.Pittsburgh (74-74) reached .500 with a 3-2 win Sunday at Milwaukee. The Pirates have won two in a row, three of four and eight in 11.“To be able to get a series win against a division rival this late in the year, it’s good for us,” Pirates winning pitcher Trevor Williams said Sunday. “It’s good for us to carry this momentum into our final homestand.”Kansas City (52-97) would have to be nearly flawless down the stretch to avoid 100 losses for the fifth time in team history and first time since 2006, The Royals had won three in a row and five of six and were 14-6 since Aug. 24 before falling 9-6 on Sunday to Minnesota.Pittsburgh is 12-5 in interleague play, second best in the major leagues.Kansas City has not played in Pittsburgh since 2012.In the series opener, Kansas City right-hander Brad Keller (8-6 [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-blake-wood-jersey]http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey[/url ] , 3.04 ERA) is scheduled to face Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove (6-9, 3.87 ERA).Keller has been a bright spot for the Royals. He leads qualifying American League rookies in ERA and his name has circulated in Rookie of the Year discussions.“I don’t really look at that,” Keller said of the award, according to MLB.com. “It’s cool to be in the talks. But the team winning is what matters. It’s cool, but it doesn’t matter much.”He joined the Royals’ rotation on May 30 and is 7-5 with a 3.26 ERA since.On Tuesday, Keller gave up a run and four hits, with six strikeouts and two walks [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-blake-parker-jersey]Blake Parker Jersey[/url] , in seven innings of a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was his sixth straight start giving up two runs or fewer.The run he allowed was in the third, and he followed that by retiring 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, the exception being a walk in the sixth.“I felt like I didn’t have my best stuff, but I settled down and gave the team a chance to get the lead and then go deep into the game,” said Keller, who will face Pittsburgh for the first time.Musgrove, who has never faced Kansas City [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-cj-wilson-jersey]http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey[/url ] , has a 3.65 ERA in nine starts and 56 1/3 innings since the All-Star break, and has lasted at least seven innings in half of his past 10 starts.On Tuesday, he struck out eight but gave up four runs in six innings of an 11-5 loss at St. Louis.
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