Rogers is coming off a career-best 18 victories in 35 starts for the Rangers last season. However, some are skeptical that the 40-year-old left-hander can’t repeat last year’s performance.
Rogers has had two solid outings for the Rangers this season, but has yet to receive a decision. He gave up three runs and eight hits over seven innings in his 500th career appearance and 224th start for Texas on Monday as the Rangers lost 7-6 in 10 innings to the Los Angeles Angels.
Texas starters have given up three runs or fewer in nine of 11 games, but sporadic offense and a shaky bullpen have wasted some of those efforts.
The relievers got some much-needed rest Friday after Ryan Drese pitched eight stellar innings in a 4-2 win over Toronto, becoming just the second Texas starter to earn a victory. Right-hander Chan Ho Park notched his first win in a 7-5 victory over the Angels on Wednesday.
Michael Young, who has hit safely in 10 of 11 games this season, homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who have come from behind in all five victories this season.
”(Drese’s performance) was definitely a key for us,” said Young, who entered Friday batting .319 in 30 career games against the Blue Jays.
“It was great that he could give the bullpen a rest. That was a big plus. Our starting pitching has done a great job for us.”
Mark Teixeira has homered in seven of his last eight games against Toronto, including Friday’s victory.
The Blue Jays, who had won five of their last six, continue a nine-game road trip.
Toronto has lost eight of its last nine meetings with Texas.