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Tuesday, June 19th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (41-27) at San Diego Padres (24-44), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Scott Feldman (0-6, 6.50)
San Diego - Edinson Volquez (3-6, 3.70)
(Sports Network) - Texas manager Ron Washington says he still has confidence
in Scott Feldman, but few would blame the starter if he is having doubts in
The right-hander hopes to snap a six-start losing streak tonight, something
the expected return of Josh Hamilton could help with, when the Rangers take on
the San Diego Padres in the middle contest of a three-game series.
Feldman has been pushed into Texas' rotation due to injury and has been unable
to find the win column this year. In 12 overall appearances, including seven
starts, he is 0-6 with a 6.50 earned run average, with all six losses coming
in his last six outings.
The 29-year-old's latest setback came on Thursday versus the Diamondbacks as
he was charged with six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over five
innings. The defeat denied the Rangers a sweep of the series.
"I still have confidence in him," said Washington about Feldman. "I don't lose
confidence in any of my guys. We won the series. So they beat us the last
game. We won the series, don't forget that."
Feldman, who is 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA in six road appearances on the year, has
faced the Padres just once before and that came in relief. He was charged with
two runs in that outing while recording just two outs and taking a loss.
Edinson Volquez is also looking to get on a roll in tonight's start as the
Padres right-hander snapped a four-decision losing streak that had spanned
five starts with a win at Seattle on Thursday.
San Diego had scored just four runs in the first four games of Volquez's
winless drought, but backed him with six runs on Thursday. Volquez himself
gave up just a run on four hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
"There is nothing you can do, the only thing you can do is go out there and
pitch your game, go deep in the game, give your (team) a chance to win," said
Volquez. "Tonight was good, feels good, score six runs, unbelievable."
The 28-year-old is 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 14 starts this season and will face
the Rangers for the first time.
Volquez will likely go up against Hamilton, who is expected to start tonight
for the first time since an intestinal virus caused him to be hospitalized on
Friday. He was released the following day and rejoined the club on Sunday. He
was available to pinch-hit last night, but did not make an appearance until
entering as a defensive replacement in left field in the bottom of the ninth.
Hamilton did take batting practice before the game and said he will be in the
starting lineup on Tuesday. He leads the majors with 62 RBI and is second in
the American League with a .330 average and 22 home runs.
Hamilton's return could provide an offensive jolt to a series that saw just
three runs plated in Monday's opener -- all in the first inning. The scoring
went the Rangers' way as they picked up their fourth victory in a row with a
David Murphy plated Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre with a single in the first
and Matt Harrison made the lead hold with six strong innings. He scattered a
run on six hits and two walks to win his fifth straight decision and ninth
game of the year.
"I thought he was pretty good," Washington said of Harrison. "Things could've
gotten worse in that first, but he gave up minimal damage and began to settle
Chase Headley had three hits and drove in San Diego's only run with a double
that followed back-to-back singles by Chris Denorfia and Cameron Maybin. The
latter was left stranded on third as Harrison retired the next three batters
to get out of the inning.
Jason Marquis took a tough-luck loss despite striking out a season-high 10
batters in his seven innings of work.
"I didn't execute early on like I wanted to," Marquis said of his opening
frame. "I put myself in a hole early, put a couple guys on, and Murphy found a
The Padres lost for the third time in four games, while the Rangers' seventh
victory in eight contests gave it a five-game edge over the Angels for first
place in the AL West.
The Padres have won seven of their past 11 versus the Rangers and are hosting
Texas for the first time since taking two of three during the 2001 campaign.
06/19 10:36:04 ET