Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Angels leads 2-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 9
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Game 2: Wednesday, September 10
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Game 3: Thursday, September 11
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Angels 8

(90-55, 43-31 away)

Rangers 1

(54-91, 25-45 home)

    Coverage:  FSSW

    8:05 PM ET, September 10, 2014

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: M. Shoemaker (15-4)

    L: N. Tepesch (4-10)

    Angels-Rangers Preview


    The season series between the MLB-leading Los Angeles Angels and baseball-worst Texas Rangers has gone exactly as one would expect based on their records.

    Matt Shoemaker looks to capitalize on a start against the lowly Rangers on Wednesday night and gets a second chance at history while attempting to push the Angels closer to a division title.

    Los Angeles (89-55) is 11-3 against Texas (54-90) this year, winning 10 of the past 11 meetings after a seven-run eighth inning provided the difference in Tuesday's 9-3 victory that opened this three-game set.

    The Angels, who have won 12 of 14 overall, have scored 55 runs while hitting .336 during a six-game road winning streak. They last won seven straight June 12-30, 2013.

    "Obviously, it's a potent offense when everybody's contributing," said Collin Cowgill, who had a bases loaded triple Tuesday. "It seems like everyone is hot right now."

    Los Angeles holds a comfortable eight-game lead on second-place Oakland in the AL West, and continuing to rack up wins against the Rangers could help it pull away.

    The Angels host three games versus Texas from Sept. 19-21 before a road series of the same length against the Athletics.

    They have a good chance to continue rolling behind Shoemaker (14-4, 3.25 ERA), who is looking to break a tie with Frank Tanana (1974), Marcelino Lopez (1965) and Dean Chance (1962) for the franchise record for wins as a rookie.

    The right-hander came up short in his initial bid at sole possession of that record Friday, giving up three runs in four innings of a 7-6 win in 10 at Minnesota.

    Still, he's 5-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 0.73 WHIP over his last six outings -- five starts -- as he builds a serious case to join Mike Trout (2012) and Tim Salmon (1993) as the only Angels to win AL Rookie of the Year.

    Shoemaker has benefited from starting against the Rangers, beating them both times he's faced them this year by allowing three runs over 13 1/3 innings. In a 5-4 win at Arlington on Aug. 16, he yielded two runs with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

    Texas hasn't looked like much of a threat offensively of late, hitting .231 while scoring 20 runs during a 1-9 stretch.

    Nick Tepesch (4-9, 4.41) could use a bit more support when he takes the mound. He's 1-6 with a 4.98 ERA over his last 10 starts, but has been backed by 12 total runs over that stretch and hasn't received more than two in a game.

    The right-hander has lost all three decisions at home over his last five games, with the offensive giving him five total runs.

    Tepesch didn't do himself any favors Wednesday, giving up four runs before being pulled with two outs in the seventh of a 4-1 loss at Kansas City.

    Run support has been a major issue when he's faced the Angels. He's managed a 3.86 ERA in three career starts, but he's 0-1 since he's received two total runs.

    He did his part against them Aug. 17, allowing two runs in seven innings while not getting a decision in a 3-2 win.

    Tepesch has struggled against Trout, who is 3 for 7 with a double and a homer in their matchups. The star center fielder has a .345 average with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 30 career games at Texas. He had a triple and an RBI in the series opener, getting two hits for the third straight game overall.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesTexas
    Current StreakL3L1
    Last 103-77-3

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesTexas
    M. Shoemaker
    16-4, 3.04 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/15 vs SEA
    7.2 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    N. Tepesch
    5-11, 4.36 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs OAK
    4.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesTexas
    1. K. Calhoun, RF L. Martin, CF
    2. M. Trout, CF E. Andrus, SS
    3. A. Pujols, 1B R. Odor, 2B
    4. H. Kendrick, 2B A. Beltre, 3B
    5. D. Freese, 3B A. Rosales, 1B
    6. E. Aybar, SS T. Telis, C
    7. C. Iannetta, C R. Rua, LF
    8. B. Boesch, DH L. Sardinas, DH
    9. C. Cowgill, LF M. Choice, RF