MILWAUKEE -- The disabled list loses $6.5 million worth of talent, give or take a few thousand, when the Orioles open a three-game series in Texas tonight (8:35, Ch. 2).
Glenn Davis ($3.275 million) is scheduled to make his long awaited return to the Orioles' lineup after an absence of almost four months. Call it the luck of the draw, but all things considered, the righthanded slugger probably could've picked an easier spot for his comeback.
Nolan Ryan ($3.25 going on $4.1 million) is coming off a much shorter stay on the disabled list to rejoin the Rangers' starting rotation.
There was a time when pitching Ryan against the Orioles was a risky venture at best, but for the Rangers his return couldn't come at a better time. The legendary righthander had only a 5-16 career record against the Orioles, but has turned that around this year.
The Orioles are a primary reason why the Rangers have exited the American League's Western Division race. In the nine previous meetings between the teams, the Orioles have won seven times. The only two games they've lost have been against Ryan (7-5, 2.80).
Mike Mussina (1-2, 3.79) will make his fourth major-league start tonight as the Orioles try to break a three-game losing streak.
Tomorrow night Jose Mesa (5-8, 5.40) will make his second start since being recalled from Rochester. He will be opposed by Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd (0-4, 8.10), who has not given the Rangers the late-season pitching boost they expected after acquiring him from Montreal.
In the series wrapup Wednesday, lefthander Arthur Rhodes will make his major-league debut against Kevin Brown (8-9, 4.31).