Sport Texas Rangers Series Preview vs Baltimore Orioles
Elephants return to conflict-ridden national park
The appearance of nearly 600 elephants in Virunga National Park, in the DRC, suggests it's safer for wildlife than it once was.“There has been no greater expression of Virunga coming back to life,” says park director Emmanuel de Merode. “I arrived to the Congo 30 years ago, and I’ve never seen anything like this.
The Rangers are home for a quick weekend homestand against the Orioles.
In tonight’s game Texas will face RHP Jorge López. This will be his third start of the 2021 season and he hasn’t faired so well. He hasn’t made it out of the fifth inning in either of his outtings, facing the Yankees and the Red Sox. In 8.2 innings, he’s given up 11 runs and has an 11.42 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. After his terrific outing against the Padres last week, Mike Foltynewicz will face Baltimore for just the second time in his career. His one and only other start against them came in 2015, he gave up two runs on six innings and struck out eight.
Texas governor boycotting Rangers opening day because MLB moved All-Star Game
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declined the Texas Rangers' invitation to throw out the first pitch at their home opener on Monday, citing a reason that has nothing to do with the Rangers or the state of Texas. In a letter he sent to the Rangers, and subsequently posted on his Twitter account, Abbott said that he will no longer participate in any MLB event because of its decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia. MLB announced on Friday that due to the voter suppression law recently passed by the Georgia legislature, it will no longer hold the 2021 All-Star Game at the Atlanta Braves' Truist Park.
Baltimore doesn’t currently have a started listed for Saturday evening’s game. The Rangers will have Dane Dunning on the mound, currently sporting a 1.00 ERA. This will be his first start against Baltimore in his career, much like most teams this year considering he only played Central division teams in the shortened season last year, his debut season.
Sunday’s series finale could be the Rangers biggest challenge against the Orioles. They’ll face lefty John Means. Means pitched twice against Texas in 2019, in those two outings he went 12.2 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out nine. This will be his fourth start this year, he has a 2.16 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 16.2 innings.
Gibson will take the mound for the Rangers to make his 12th start against Baltimore. He has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 62.6 innings against the Orioles. He’s faced the Orioles twice in every season from 2015 through 2019.
From two-way star Shohei Ohtani to soaring strikeout totals, MLB's wacky April has been full of 'anomaly stuff' .
While the Angels' slugger-pitcher shines just about every night, batting averages have dropped across baseball and strikeouts continue to rise.Where else can you find a two-way star like Shohei Ohtani, who leads the American League in home runs and also started and won a game Monday in which he drove in or scored a majority of the Los Angeles Angels’ runs?