Guerrero has hit safely in all 33 career games against Texas, the longest streak by a player against one team since Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hit in 35 straight against Cleveland from 1992-1995. The reigning AL MVP is hitting .440 (59-for-134) with 13 homers and 28 RBIs against the Rangers.
Los Angeles rallied for a 6-5 victory Wednesday to extend its division lead over Oakland to 2 1/2 games. Orlando Cabrera and pinch-hitter Jose Molina came through with two-out, two-run singles in the seventh inning as the Angels fought back from a 5-2 deficit.
Angels left fielder Garret Anderson did not play Wednesday due to a sore lower back. Anderson is hitting just .190 (4-for-21) over his last five starts.
“He’s had bouts of it over the past couple of weeks,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “We hope it will only be a couple of days.”
Angels rookie starter Ervin Santana looks to win his fourth straight home start in the series finale. Santana is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA over his last three outings at Angel Stadium after giving up one run and four hits over eight innings in a 3-1 victory over Detroit last Saturday.
“He really stepped up and pitched to his potential at a key time, especially after a couple tough starts,” Scioscia said. “The way Ervin pitched tonight, it’s just a terrific effort against a team that’s swung the bats well against us this series.”
The 22-year-old right-hander is facing the Rangers for the second time this season. Santana was pounded for seven runs and seven hits over four innings in an 18-5 loss at Ameriquest Field on June 30.
Eleven-game winner Chris Young attempts to tie the Rangers’ rookie record for victories. Young, who is second on the team with 154 2-3 innings, last pitched Sept. 7 at Minnesota, going one scoreless inning before leaving with a tired arm.
The Rangers do not plan to have Young on a pitch count Thursday.
“If he goes five innings and he’s just cutting them up, we’d probably let him go longer,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
The 26-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last seven starts. Young is 1-2 with a 7.79 ERA in four starts against the Angels this season.
Texas shortstop Michael Young went 1-for-4 on Wednesday to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games. Young is hitting .328 for the season and leads Guerrero by eight points in the AL batting race.