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  W: K. Allard (1-0)   L: S. Reid-Foley (2-3)
9:37 AM PT10:37 AM MT11:37 AM CT12:37 PM ET12:37 ET16:37 GMT0:37 9:37 AM MST11:37 AM EST12:07 PM VEN20:37 UAE11:37 AM CT, August 14, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 34,666

Texas hopes to eke out win for Woodward in Toronto

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Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Toronto is 26-16 against Texas since the 2013 season, its highest winning percentage against any American League opponent over that span. The Rangers haven't won a season series from the Blue Jays since 2012 but did take two of three from the Blue Jays in Arlington from May 3-5.
  2. The Blue Jays lead the majors with a .331 average out of the leadoff spot since the All-Star break. Toronto is averaging 5.37 runs per game since June 16 after averaging 3.83 per game prior to that date, which had ranked 28th in the majors.
  3. Texas is 2-4 thus far on a nine-game road trip and has scored only 10 runs while batting .155 for the trek. The Rangers have struck out once every 3.59 plate appearances on the road this season, the worst mark in the majors since 1913.
  4. Shin-Soo Choo ranks 10th among active players (min. 3000 PA) in career on-base percentage (.378), but his .282 OBP at Rogers Centre is his lowest at any current major league park. Choo is 5-for-48 (.104) with a .307 OPS in 12 regular-season games in Toronto since 2014.
  5. Cavan Biggio is 4-for-50 in 14 games at Rogers Centre since July 3 and his .158 season average at home is the fourth-lowest in the majors this season among players with at least 120 plate appearances (Travis Shaw, .147; Jay Bruce, .148; Ryan O'Hearn, .150).
  6. Ariel Jurado has a 6.64 ERA in innings 1-3 and a 4.04 ERA from the fourth inning on in his 14 starts. Over his last three starts, Jurado has allowed just two runs in nine innings while holding opposing hitters to a .152 average after the third inning.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward spent a large part of his playing career in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

"I'll always be grateful to this organization for giving me a shot and taking a chance on me," Woodward said this week during the Rangers' visit to Toronto. "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Blue Jays."

As much as he appreciates what the Blue Jays did for his career, Woodward would like to get out of town with a win.

After dropping the first two games of the three-game series, the Rangers have one last chance Wednesday afternoon. By avoiding a sweep, a Rangers victory would also mean they would complete the season series against the Blue Jays even at three wins each.

Left-hander Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will start for the Rangers on Wednesday, with right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (2-2, 2.36 ERA) going for the Blue Jays.

The Rangers continued to struggle with the bats Tuesday in a 3-0 loss that was at least closer than the 19-4 trouncing they were subjected to by the Blue Jays in the opener on Monday.

The Rangers stranded 10 runners Tuesday as they dropped to 2-6 with one game left on a nine-game road trip. The Rangers have scored a total of 14 runs on the trip.

"I think you try to do too much when you're in a funk," said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday and is 6-for-27 on the trip. "The only way we're going to get out of it is if everybody does their job. Everybody has to do the little things, stop thinking big, get back to the ABCs and just fight every inning. Especially early."

The Rangers had chances, particularly in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out against opener Wilmer Font.

"The key of the game was Font getting out of trouble in the first inning," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

After Font pitched two innings, Thomas Pannone followed with four innings to earn the win.

An important development for the Blue Jays was Ken Giles earning his 16th save by pitching around a walk in the ninth. It was his first outing since Aug. 7 because of elbow inflammation.

"It was good to see him out there and getting the save," Montoyo said. "He was throwing well and felt good, so this is a good thing."

Allard will make his second start of the season and the third of his major league career Wednesday. The 21-year-old was obtained from the Atlanta Braves on July 30 in exchange for right-hander Chris Martin. He was 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 21 starts at Triple-A between Gwinnett and Nashville.

Reid-Foley will make his sixth start of the season Wednesday. He has a 1.29 ERA (two earned runs over 14 innings) in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. This will be the first time he has faced the Rangers.

Woodward has his fond memories of Toronto.

"My family was started here," he said. "My wife is from here. My daughter (Sophie) was born here. My first dog was from here. I was like three-quarters Canadian at that point. This was home for years. This was the first place I had a home as a family."

A win on Wednesday would help complete the picture.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 14, 2019

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