Texas (57-46) at Detroit (50-55)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 3, 2004
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Kenny Rogers and the Texas Rangers look to get back to their winning ways when they open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

Texas has lost five of six, and is coming off a dismal series against the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers dropped three of four to their AL-West rivals and find themselves trailing Oakland by 1 1/2 games.

Texas and Oakland split the first two games of the set, but the Rangers were outscored 13-5 in losing contests on Saturday and Sunday.

“I don’t want to say it’s not a big deal because we don’t like to lose,” Rangers shortstop Michael Young said. “We’ve definitely hit a skid. It’s the first day of August, there is plenty of time to go out there and make some adjustments and come back and get back to the way we know how to play.”

The Rangers will try to get back on track in a seven-game road trip that opens in Detroit before moving on to Baltimore.

“If we expect to make the playoffs, these are the teams we’re going to have to beat,” Rangers outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. said of the Tigers and Orioles, who are a combined 16 games under .500.

Rogers has also been slumping of late. The left-hander is 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA in his last four starts after winning eight straight decisions from May 15-July 5.

Detroit won the first three games of its series with Chicago over the weekend, but lost 6-4 in the finale on Sunday.

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman left Sunday’s game in the second inning after being hit in the left leg by Jose Valentin’s line drive. X-rays were negative, and the team said he has a bruised left shin and is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday.

“I don’t think there’s a team in baseball that can lose a starter in the second inning and feel real good,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “I think we were ready for a good ballgame. But, it certainly hurt us, losing a starter. It put us in a tough position.”

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K. Rogers Det vs. N. Robertson Sea
18-9 Record 12-10
4.76 ERA 4.90
126 K 155
66 BB 66
1.48 WHIP 1.40