Scouting report: Rangers vs. Orioles

June 13, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:35 13 Rick Helling (7-4, 4.00) vs. Scott Erickson (2-3, 6.80)

Tomorrow 7:35 HTS Kenny Rogers (5-5, 3.78) vs. Pat Rapp (4-4, 4.67)

Thursday 7:35 13 Esteban Loaiza (3-4, 5.79) vs. Sidney Ponson (4-3, 4.68)

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

Rangers update

Though only one game below .500, the Rangers reside in last place in the AL West. They've dropped five in a row and are 11-16 away from The Ballpark in Arlington. Texas blew a three-run lead to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, giving up four in the eighth inning. Loaiza lasted only 2 2/3 innings against Colorado on Saturday, allowing eight earned runs. He limited the Orioles to three runs in eight innings on April 28, leaving with the score tied 3-3 in a game the Rangers lost when Jeff Zimmerman balked in a run in the ninth. Zimmerman, an All-Star in 1999 who began this season miserably, has surrendered an earned run in only one of his past nine appearances. Loaiza got the win May 20 after holding the Orioles to one run in seven innings. Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro has 18 homers this season and 379 in his career, tying him for 42nd place on the all-time list with Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez. Someone actually kept track of this statistic: Palmeiro and Perez are tied for the most homers by a player whose last name begins with "P." Palmeiro has slumped of late, going 29-for-116 to lower his average from .323 to .284. Of his past 15 hits, eight have been homers. The Rangers miss rookie center fielder Ruben Mateo, who is lost for the season with a fractured leg. Gabe Kapler, just activated from the disabled list after missing 33 games with a right quadriceps injury, has started the past two games in center. Texas, which has won four of six games against the Orioles this season, added veteran outfielder Dave Martinez on Friday in a three-way trade with the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins. (Rangers statistics, 6E)

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