Exactly 10 years after pitching a perfect game against the Angels, Kenny Rogers will take the mound in Anaheim seeking his major league-leading 14th win as the Texas Rangers complete a three-game series with their AL West rivals.
“Maybe we’ll get another one,” Rogers said after being reminded of the upcoming anniversary. “You never know.”
The 39-year-old left-hander has already emerged as one of the league’s biggest surprises this season. He signed with the Rangers in the offseason, beginning his third stint in Texas. Rogers earned his 13th win Friday night against Oakland, outdueling fellow 13-game winner Mark Mulder in an 8-3 victory over the Athletics.
Rogers yielded three runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings, bouncing back nicely from a pair of dismal outings in which he was pounded for 13 runs and 22 hits over just 8 1-3 innings.
“I don’t think these guys care who’s on the mound against them,” Rogers said. “I think they know I’m going to give them a pretty good chance to win. They were the ones who did it tonight, and doing this against Mark Mulder, that’s a pretty special thing.”
Mulder is scheduled to pitch against Seattle on Wednesday afternoon.
Rogers pitched his perfect game against Anaheim on July 28, 1994, in Arlington during his first tour of duty with the Rangers.
“It’s hard to believe I’m still here after 10 years,” Rogers said. “There’s a little more gray, but not much different physically.”
Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on a one-hitter Tuesday as the Angels topped the Rangers 2-0 to pull within four games of first-place Texas in the AL West.
Laird thought Kennedy intentionally tried to get hit by one of Ryan Drese’s pitches with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning of Texas’ 6-1 victory Monday, and said something to Kennedy when he came up again in the fifth.
Kennedy was standing behind the batting cage Tuesday and was approached by Laird as the Angels were concluding BP and the Rangers were finishing their pregame stretching. Moments later, the two were in a tussle that spilled over to the warning track between home plate and the first base dugout.
Soon every player from each team was involved, with players pushing, shoving and grabbing each other before order was restored approximately four minutes later. It was unclear whether any punches were thrown.
“I’m surprised. It was stupid, to be honest. But it was fun, though,” Texas outfielder Brian Jordan said.
The Angels have won four of their last six games.
The Rangers dropped four of six.