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Brief Series Preview of Texas Rangers; Carlos Pena in the Starting Line-up Tonight

First two games are 7:10 PM starts; Wednesday's game is a 1:10 PM start.

Monday, August 16: Cliff Lee (2.54 FIP) vs. David Price (3.48 FIP)

Tuesday, August 17: Tommy Hunter (5.18 FIP) vs. Matt Garza (4.44 FIP)

Wednesday, August 18: Derek Holland (5.06 FIP) vs. James Shields (4.54 FIP)

If you're not watching tonight, you're not a fan of fine baseball; on paper, it's one the best pitching match-ups of the season. This series looks to be a test for the Rays. Even with Nelson Cruz currently on the DL, this is a dangerous Texas team and one that the Rays stand a decent chance of facing in the post-season.


So far, we know that Carlos Pena is in the line-up tonight, but there has been no announcement about the corresponding roster move. Gabe Kapler is not in the starting line-up tonight against a lefty, though, so it seems likely that the move relates to him. The other likely candidate to get demoted, Sean Rodriguez, is in the line-up. More news should be coming soon.

Update: Gabe Kapler has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain. He will be eligible to return around the time rosters expand on September 1st.