Texas (37-30) at Los Angeles (39-29)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 20, 2005
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Chris Young is one of the big reasons the Texas Rangers are so close to first place in the AL West.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander will try to move the Rangers even closer to the division-leading Los Angeles Angels when the teams open a three-game series in Anaheim.

Young, who flirted with an NBA career before signing with the Rangers, boasts the fourth-best ERA in the league at 2.78 after 13 starts. He has won three of his last four decisions, including last Monday’s 7-3 victory over Atlanta.

Young allowed a season-low two hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one. He threw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes, and retired 20 of the last 21 batters he faced mixing his fastball with a curveball and a changeup. Young has allowed more than two runs just once his last 10 starts.

“Chris Young was outstanding again,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He keeps growing. Well, I don’t know if he can grow, but he keeps developing.”

The Rangers enter the series just 1 1/2 games behind the Angels after taking two of three from Washington over the weekend. Texas was in position to complete the sweep before Sunday’s 8-2 loss.

Mark Teixeira belted his major league-leading 20th homer for Texas, which had won three in a row and five of six.

The Angels were shooting for a three-game sweep of Florida, but suffered a 7-5 loss Sunday.

Los Angeles rookie Ervin Santana, promoted from the minors after Kelvim Escobar went on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow, was moved up a day because Paul Byrd had tightness in his triceps. Santana lasted just 2 2-3 innings, surrendering seven runs and eight hits.

The Angels have lost three of five.

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C. Young Sea vs. P. Byrd Bos
12-7 Record 12-11
4.26 ERA 3.74
137 K 102
45 BB 28
1.26 WHIP 1.19