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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 18,754

Orioles, Rangers aim to go into All-Star break on good note

According to STATS
According to STATS

Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Orioles dominated the Rangers in 2017, taking six out of the seven contests between the two teams. Baltimore averaged 7.14 runs per game against Texas last season, the most by the team against any single opponent in 2017 (minimum five games played).
  2. Baltimore and Texas have both struggled on the mound in 2018; the teams rank first and second, respectively in opponent extra base hits allowed (Orioles -- 349, Rangers -- 343). With one more loss, the Orioles will tie the 1979 Oakland Athletics for the most losses prior to the All-Star break.
  3. After going 14-11 in June, the Rangers have struggled so far in July as the team's 2-8 (.200) record is second worst in MLB (Royals, 1-9). Texas' .348 team slugging percentage, and the teams combined .642 OPS each rank last in the AL in July.
  4. Manny Machado is on pace to become the sixth shortstop ever (and first since Robin Yount in 1984) to lead his team in home runs (23), RBI (64) and walks (42) prior to the All-Star break.
  5. Joey Gallo has struggled against left-handers in 2018; his 42 strikeouts against southpaws are the most in MLB, and his .169 average against lefties is the seventh lowest in MLB (among qualified hitters).
  6. The Orioles are the only MLB team in 2018 to have three separate players (among batting title qualifiers in both seasons) suffer more than a 50-point drop off in 2018 from their prior season batting average (Trey Mancini -.073, Jonathan Schoop -.069 and Chris Davis -.059).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/13/2018 thru 7/15/2018

BALTIMORE -- After splitting their opening two games, the last-place Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles look to enter the All-Star break on a high note entering their series finale Sunday at Camden Yards.

Texas won the opener 5-4 before the Orioles bounced back with a 1-0 win Saturday.

Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo extended his club record on-base streak to 50 games, adding further intrigue to the series.

"It's kind of taken on a life of its own with the entire team," manager Jeff Banister said. "The biggest thing is making sure he's ready to play."

Left-hander Mike Minor (6-5, 4.56 ERA) is trying to provide Texas with the series win. He allowed just three earned runs or fewer in his past six starts. In his last outing, Minor was dominant, allowing two runs and two hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.

This will be Minor's 18th start this season and Banister wants to monitor his innings so he does not burn out before the end of the year.

"I believe in Mike, I believe in his ability, I believe he's going to be a tremendous starting pitcher in this league and continues to get better," Banister said. "So part of this is for short-term health, long-term care. If you do the math on the number of innings that he's pitched so far, project him out for where he would be, so the thing we don't want to get to in September where he's piled up so many innings that now you've got to shut him down.

"There is some merit to, if you draw back an out or two, an inning here and there, the pitch count is conservative, you quite possibly could make those starts."

Minor is also trying to be more conservative with his pitch count so he can help the team in the long run.

"It's kind of hard to get through five, six innings, seven innings, with 90 pitches or under," Minor said. "The good thing is our bullpen is really good, we're solid back there. But I feel I should do my job and go six-plus every time ... I don't know if I understand the process. I see the process and what's happening."

Orioles rookie Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 7.15 ERA) was expected to start the finale against the Rangers, but he came down with an illness Friday. As a result, the Orioles will likely make a game-time decision on the starter and could resort to a bullpen game.

Even with the All-Star break looming, the Orioles will not use starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman out of the bullpen. Bundy was named the starter Friday night in Toronto when play resumes.

The Orioles continue to look toward the future and promoted catcher Austin Wynns from Triple-A Norfolk. Wynns is hoping to make a big enough impression to stick around the major league club.

"My mindset is to just go about your business day by day, and just perform that day and just get your work in," Wynns said. "We won yesterday and we had a good All-Star break, too, but the mentality is the same. Just go about your business."

Updated July 14, 2018

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