Texas (19-12) at Tampa Bay (9-21)

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  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Tue May 11, 2004
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It doesn’t matter where he pitches in the rotation, Ryan Drese has been nothing but a model of consistency for the Texas Rangers this season.

He will try to continue his success as the Rangers open a three-game set at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Drese beat the Devil Rays on just three days’ rest last wek, limiting them to just five singles in 6 1-3 shutout innings on Wednesday. He’s lasted at least 5 2-3 innings in all four of his starts and is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA this season.

Drese takes the rotation spot of Chan Ho Park, whose start was pushed back to Wednesday.

“We do not want to have him sit around too long. He’s a sinkerball guy,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said of Drese.

Drese, who opposes Tampa Bay’s Doug Waechter for the second straight start, doesn’t mind the move.

“I feel I can do it every time. I wouldn’t go out there if I didn’t believe I could,” he said.

Despite dropping two of three over the weekend to visiting Detroit, the Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games.

They managed to get just three hits in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers. Texas had won Saturday’s game 16-15 in 10 innings, overcoming a 10-run deficit for the greatest comeback in club history.

“Emotionally, it may have taken too much out of everybody for us to push a few runs across,” Rangers starter Kenny Rogers, who allowed five runs in 7 2-3 innings.

The Devil Rays lost their fourth straight and 12th of 14 with Sunday’s 8-4 defeat at Anaheim.

Tino Martinez homered and finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Tampa Bay.

The Devil Rays will play 15 of their next 18 at home.

“Hopefully, just finding some kind of routine will get us going and get us in a groove,” third baseman Geoff Blum said. “Coming into the season, everybody thought that we would battle and compete. I know it’s still early, but we’re just in an incredible funk.”

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R. Drese Hou vs. D. Waechter KC
14-10 Record 5-7
4.20 ERA 6.01
98 K 36
58 BB 33
1.40 WHIP 1.44