Scouting report: Rangers vs. Orioles

April 28, 2000|By Joe Strauss

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day ......................Time .....................TV ......................Starters

Tonight ................7: 05 ..................HTS .......Rangers' Esteban Loaiza

........................................ .......................................(1-1, 2.74) vs.

........................................ ...............................Orioles' Jason Johnson

........................................ ....................................... (0-0, 1.50)

Tomorrow .............1: 35 ...............13, 50 ...........Rangers' Darren Oliver

........................................ ....................................... (0-1, 5.40) vs.

........................................ ......................................Orioles' Mike Mussina

........................................ ........................................ (0-2, 4.50)

Sunday .................1: 35 ................13, 50 ........Rangers' Kenny Rogers

........................................ ........................................ (2-3, 4.17) vs.

........................................ .....................................Orioles' undecided

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Rangers update

The disappointing Rangers (8-13) enter the weekend in the American League West cellar, having lost eight of their past 10 games. They just completed a disastrous 2-7 homestand, equaling their third-worst stand of six games or more since 1990. They are off to their worst start since 1992. Surprisingly, the primary reason is an offense that has sputtered throughout the month. They've hit only .265 in their past 13 games and had been held to five runs or fewer in seven of their past eight games. The Rangers are 1-11 when scoring fewer than six runs. The Rangers averaged 6.4 runs through 11 games but have averaged only 4.1 runs in the past 10. Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's six-game hitting streak ended Wednesday night, but he had four home runs with eight RBIs during the Rangers' homestand.

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