Texas (2-6) at Los Angeles (4-3)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 11, 2006
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Vladimir Guerrero looks to keep alive an amazing hitting streak against the Texas Rangers when the Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game series on Tuesday.

Guerrero has hit safely in all 37 games he’s played against Texas. It’s the longest hitting streak by a player against a team since divisional play began in 1969, surpassing the 35-game streak by Ken Griffey Jr. against Cleveland from 1992-96.

Guerrero, a six-time All-Star is hitting .438 lifetime against the Rangers with 13 homers and 30 RBIs. Guerrero went 2-for-4 in a 5-2 victory in the series opener Monday.

“That guy can hit anything,” said pitcher John Lackey, who got the win on Monday. “When he hits the ball hard, it’s homers, and when you make (tough) pitches on him, it’s broken-bat singles. I mean, he can do everything.”

Guerrero was one of five Angels to have two hits, including the top four hitters in the lineup. Lackey gave up only two runs and four hits while striking out eight over seven innings.

Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez each worked one scoreless inning to finish the game. Shields has allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings this season.

Shields believes the offseason acquisitions of relievers J.C. Romero and Hector Carrasco will help him cut down on his work, which resulted in a club-record 78 appearances last season.

“Last year I went through a little bit of a dead-arm period in August, but I also had some mechanical issues that I fixed. I’ve learned from that, and hopefully that won’t happen again,” Shields said. “And with the addition of J.C. and Hector, to go along with what we’ve already had here, we’ve got some pretty good guys down there that will share the work load.

“So that will help out. But if they hand me the ball, I’ll take it.”

Jeff Weaver will make his home debut for Los Angeles when he takes the mound. Weaver dropped his first start with the Angels on Wednesday when he surrendered five runs and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-4 loss at Seattle.

“I just made it tough on myself, the leadoff guy was on base every inning,” Weaver said. “That adds pressure on me and it adds pressure on the defense. It seemed like every leadoff guy was scoring.”

Weaver hasn’t faced Texas since pitching for the New York Yankees in 2003. The 29-year-old right-hander is 1-5 with a 5.24 ERA against the Rangers in eight career appearances, including seven starts.

Rangers shortstop Michael Young, who led the league with a .331 average in 2005, is 6-for-12 in his career against Weaver.

Texas managed only five hits Monday in the opener of a nine-game trip against the AL West foes Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle.

Newcomer Brad Wilkerson was hitless in four at-bats to drop to .167 for the year. Wilkerson, acquired in the deal that sent Alfonso Soriano to Washington, has struck out 16 times in 36 at-bats.

Texas’ Rick Bauer will pitch on three days’ rest in his first start of the season. Bauer’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday when R.A. Dickey was sent down after allowing six home runs in one game, tying the post-1900 major league record.

Bauer is 1-6 with a 4.41 ERA in nine career major-league starts. He allowed one run and four hits over three innings of relief last Friday in a 5-2 loss to Detroit.

This will mark Bauer’s first career start against the Angels. He has a 0.96 ERA against them in four relief appearances.

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R. Bauer COL vs. J. Weaver LAD
3-1 Record 8-14
3.55 ERA 5.76
35 K 107
25 BB 47
1.38 WHIP 1.51