American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, September 1st
(All times eastern)
Texas Rangers (78-53) at Cleveland Indians (55-77), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95)
Cleveland - Jeanmar Gomez (4-7, 5.11)
(Sports Network) - Jeanmar Gomez gets a spot start for the Cleveland Indians
on Saturday when they continue a three-game series against the Texas Rangers
at Progressive Field.
Gomez, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, steps in for
Roberto Hernandez, who was forced to leave his last start with an ankle
The right-handed Gomez has made 13 starts for the Indians this season, but
lost his last three and is 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 appearances for them this
Gomez will be trying to help the Tribe bounce back following another loss in
the opener in this set on Friday. Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with an RBI and
two runs scored to power Texas to the 5-3 win.
Michael Young drove in two while David Murphy and Ian Kinsler each had two
hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Rangers, who have won three of their
Ryan Dempster (4-1) got the win in the start as he gave up just one unearned
run on two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.
"I'm just focusing on one start at the time and doing my best whenever I go
out there," said Dempster. "I just want to make good pitches and keep the ball
down and away from the middle of the plate."
Casey Kotchman clubbed a two-run home run for the Indians, who lost 24 games
in a month for the first time since July 1914. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-14) gave up
four runs on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3
"I was fighting too many batters out there tonight," said Jimenez. "Too many
times out there I wasn't getting a strike on the first pitch."
Hoping to add to Cleveland's misery on Saturday will be righty Scott Feldman,
who has lost his last four starts. Feldman's latest setback came on Sunday
against Minnesota, as he allowed six runs (5 earned) and 10 hits in 5 2/3
innings, dropping him to 6-10 on the year to go along with a 4.95 ERA.
"It was a frustrating game in that they had guys on base the whole day,
whether it was by well-executed bunts or hits in the right spot," said
Feldman. "They also got some hits with runners in scoring position. I thought
I made good pitches, for the most part, but ... ultimately, we didn't win the
game. That's the frustrating part."
Feldman has faced the Indians 10 times (3 starts) and is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA.
The Rangers won nine of 10 versus the Indians last season, including all four
at Cleveland, but the Tribe won two of three when the teams met in Cleveland
from May 4-6.
09/01 10:22:56 ET