Cleveland (63-58) at Texas (66-52)

Cloudy Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
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Kenny Rogers will try to become the second 15-game winner in the American League as he leads the Texas Rangers against the Cleveland Indians.

The Rangers aging ace is tied with Boston’s Curt Schilling for second in the AL in wins behind Oakland’s Mark Mulder who leads the league with a 15-4 mark.

Rogers is 14-5 this year after going 13-8 in 2003 and 2002. Rogers is vying for his first 15-win season since 1998 when he went 16-8 with the Athletics.

The 39-year-old veteran earned his first win in four starts with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday. Rogers allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Rogers is looking to notch back-to-back wins for the first time since before the All-Star break. He’s 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA in six starts since the midway point.

Texas trails Oakland by a half game for first place in the AL West. The Rangers are looking to extend their winning streak to six games as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians.

Mark Teixeira became the second player in Rangers history to hit for the cycle, leading Texas to a 16-4 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. He went 4-for-5 and drove in a career-high seven runs. Teixeira completed the club’s first cycle since Oddibe McDowell accomplished the feat on July 23, 1985, against the Indians at Arlington Stadium.

The loss dropped Cleveland 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.

Indians starter Cliff Lee allowed a career-high eight runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Lee is 0-4 in his last six starts, and hasn’t won since July 16.

Scott Elarton will pitch for Texas on Wednesday. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in 12 starts for the Rangers after going 0-6 with a 9.80 ERA in eight starts with the Colorado Rockies to start the season.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Elarton Min vs. K. Rogers Det
3-11 Record 18-9
5.90 ERA 4.76
103 K 126
62 BB 66
1.42 WHIP 1.48