Texas (52-50) at Toronto (52-50)

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  • Game info: 4:07 pm EDT Sat Jul 30, 2005
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The Texas Rangers should have a new bat in their lineup by the end of the weekend as they continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

On Friday, the Rangers agreed on a deal that would send Chan Ho Park to the San Diego Padres for veteran first baseman Phil Nevin. The deal needs to be approved by the commissioner’s office before it’s finalized.

Nevin, who mostly played first base for the Padres the past two years, was hitting .256 with nine homers and 47 RBIs. He probably will get a chance to be the regular designated hitter for the Rangers, who are in third in the AL West, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels.

“If the league OKs it, then it’s a done deal,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. “Obviously, we’ve talked to Texas. There’s nothing official yet. Nev’s aware of it. Chan Ho’s aware of it.”

Texas manager Buck Showalter said Nevin will arrive in Toronto on Saturday.

“Phil sounds real excited,” Showalter said.

First baseman Mark Teixeira was thrilled to get Nevin.

“He’s been a great hitter his whole career. He’s a big right-handed bat that we could definitely use,” Teixeira said.

The deal came just two days before Sunday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Approval was needed because it involves the Rangers sending cash to San Diego to help offset the money remaining on the $65 million, five-year contract Park signed with Texas before the 2002 season.

Park, who was slated to start Friday, is 8-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 starts this season. Since signing with the Rangers, the 32-year-old right-hander is 22-23 in 68 starts. He has been on the disabled list five times, plagued primarily by back problems.

The Rangers have won three straight and four of five since a five-game losing streak.

On Friday, John Wasdin and three relievers combined on a six-hitter as Park’s replacements helped the Rangers to a series-opening 4-1 win.

The Blue Jays had their three game winning streak snapped after outlasting the Angels 2-1 in 18 innings Thursday.

On Saturday, Toronto will send top pitching prospect Dustin McGowan to the mound in place of injured starter Ted Lilly.

McGowan, a 23-year-old right-hander, was 0-2 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts with Double-A New Hampshire. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May 2004.

The Blue Jays have been impressed by his quick recovery.

“I know he’s pretty much continued to build and get stronger. He’s looked good outing-to-outing and really hasn’t regressed at all,” Blue Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said.

Lilly, who is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA, could go on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

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