Cleveland (12-17) at Texas (16-15)

  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun May 8, 2005
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Alfonso Soriano is making the Texas Rangers forget about Alex Rodriguez.

Soriano will look to continue his home run barrage when the Rangers take on the visiting Cleveland Indians in the deciding game of their series.

Soriano became the first Ranger since Rodriguez in 2002 to post consecutive multihomer games by hitting a pair of solo shots in a 6-1 victory on Saturday. The second baseman, who was acquired from the New York Yankees for Rodriguez before the 2004 season, has five homers in his last three games and 10 overall to tie Rodriguez for the AL lead.

“If I think I’m a home run hitter, I think about it too much,” Soriano said. “I feel comfortable, I feel great.”

Soriano is 9-for-14 with 10 RBIs over his last three games and 12 of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases. He has nine career multihomer games.

Texas starter Kenny Rogers will be looking to extend his 14-inning scoreless streak and pick up a third straight win when he takes the mound. Rogers has not allowed a run since April 21 and yielded only four hits over eight innings in his last outing, a 3-2 win at Oakland on Monday.

“One reason Kenny has been successful for a long period of time is that he presents a little different look,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s not predictable and he was a difference-maker tonight.”

The 40-year-old left-hander is 12-13 with a 5.55 ERA in 47 career appearances, including 24 starts, against Cleveland. He went 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the Indians last season.

Cleveland is 1-7 against left-handed starters this season.

The Indians are 3-2 on their nine-game road trip. Struggling Aaron Boone went 0-for-3 on Saturday to see his average dip to .118.

Cleveland has scored one run or fewer in eight games this season.

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J. Westbrook STL vs. K. Rogers DET
15-15 Record 14-8
4.49 ERA 3.46
119 K 87
56 BB 53
1.30 WHIP 1.32