Rangers Scouting Report

April 24, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY

Texas makes its first of two trips to Camden Yards this season, and the Rangers will be looking for a little revenge. The Orioles took two of three in Arlington, Texas, last week. As usual, the Rangers are crushing the ball. The team leads the majors in home runs, hitting 27 in its first 14 games. And the Rangers' batting average is toward the top of the American League as well, thanks in part to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is in the top 10 in hits, total bases, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. Texas pitching, however, is again near the bottom of the league. There will be no homecoming for former Orioles starter Kris Benson, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with elbow tendinitis.

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