Baltimore (53-57) at Texas (55-54)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 7, 2005
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It’s no secret the Baltimore Orioles tried to trade Sidney Ponson. Now he’ll face one of the men who kept it from happening.

Ponson, who like his team is in a miserable slump, will likely stare down the man for whom he was nearly traded when Phil Nevin and the Texas Rangers close a three-game set against the Orioles.

On July 25, Nevin rejected a proposed trade that would have sent him from the San Diego Padres to the Orioles in exchange for Ponson. Nevin, who had wanted to stay in his native southern California, was traded to Texas two days later for Chan Ho Park.

Baltimore, meanwhile, was unsuccessful in dealing Ponson before last Sunday’s trading deadline.

The right-hander could have used a change of scenery. Ponson is winless since June 18, going 0-6 with an 8.26 ERA in his last eight starts.

Baltimore had lost eight straight and 14 of 15, resulting in Lee Mazzilli’s firing on Thursday, before winning back-to-back games under interim manager Sam Perlozzo.

The second of those victories came in the opener of this series, 10-5 on Friday, but Texas handed Perlozzo his first loss as Orioles manager with a 10-3 win Saturday.

“The effort was there into the ninth,” Perlozzo said. “They kept trying. We had guys cheering on the bench.”

David Dellucci hit a grand slam and Mark Teixeira reached the 30-homer mark for the second straight season as the Rangers won for just the second time in 10 home games.

“This offense is capable of putting up big numbers,” said Dellucci, who had three hits. “I’ve never lost confidence in our ability to score runs.”

Nevin contributed two hits. He was hitless in his first eight at-bats in a Texas uniform, but has since gone 7-for-15 in four games.

Texas will need another big offensive showing if Chris Young’s slump continues as he takes the mound.

Young had been the Rangers’ best starter through the first half of the season, but is 0-3 with an 11.41 ERA in his last six starts. He’s lasted more than four innings only once in that span, going winless since June 30.

“Players have hot and cold spells and I’m in a cold one,” Young said after 3 1-3 awful innings in Tuesday’s 10-8 loss to Tampa Bay. “I need to get better and I will get better.”

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Starting Pitchers

S. Ponson KC vs. C. Young KC
7-11 Record 12-7
6.21 ERA 4.26
68 K 137
48 BB 45
1.73 WHIP 1.26