Toronto (39-51) at Texas (51-37)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 91° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 18, 2004
  • TV: RSN, KDFI
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Looking to erase the memories of his roughest start in more than a year, Kenny Rogers will try to help the AL West-leading Texas Rangers complete a sweep of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

Rogers lasted only 1 2-3 innings in his final start before the All-Star break, giving up eight runs, including three homers, and nine hits in a 14-6 loss to Boston on July 10. It was Rogers’ shortest outing since June 1, 2003, and marked just the seventh time in his career that he failed to get out of the second inning.

The 39-year-old left-hander declined comment after the outing, except to say the strained right hamstring which he pitched with in Cleveland on July 5 was not a factor. He had won a career-high eight straight decisions.

Rogers’ ERA jumped from 3.65 to 4.21, but he shares the major league lead in victories (12) with Oakland’s Mark Mulder, who pitches against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, and San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt.

Rogers has won four straight decisions against the Blue Jays, and is 13-7 with a 3.34 ERA all-time against them in 49 appearances, including 22 starts. He overcame a season-high seven walks to pitch 5 1-3 scoreless innings in a 4-2 win over Toronto on May 30.

The Rangers have won five of seven overall, including Saturday’s 4-0 victory which left them one win away from their first sweep of the Blue Jays since Aug. 16-18, 2002.

Texas also extended its lead over Oakland atop the AL West to 2 1/2 games.

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer, his third homer in as many games and 20th of the season, for Texas, which matched the 1996 team for the best record after 88 games in club history.

Alex Rios had the first three-hit game of his career for the Blue Jays, who lost their fifth straight.

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M. Batista Col vs. K. Rogers Det
10-13 Record 18-9
4.80 ERA 4.76
104 K 126
96 BB 66
1.52 WHIP 1.48