DeRosa looks to continue his hot hitting against Baltimore, and the Rangers (68-65) try to win their third straight game when their three-game series resumes Wednesday.
DeRosa entered this season as a career .263 hitter, but has kept his average above .300 since the fourth game of the season. The nine-year veteran was batting .332 on Aug. 16, but had gone just 7-for-42 with no extra base hits and one RBI in his last 11 games as his batting average dropped to .314.
He broke out of his slump in Tuesday’s 9-4 win, by going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and two runs. DeRosa is batting .519 (14-for-27) with two homers, nine runs and seven RBIs in seven games against Baltimore (59-72) this year.
Texas leads the season series 5-2, and improved to 21-20 against AL East teams with Tuesday’s win.
Robinson Tejada (3-3, 6.42 ERA) looks to win a career-high third straight start for Texas. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.
That effort came after he yielded a run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-1 win over Detroit on Aug. 19.
“I don’t go into the game thinking about pitching to win,” Tejeda said. “I just try to go inning by inning, hitter by hitter, trying to do the best I can.”
He’s never faced Baltimore and is pitching at home, where he has struggled this season. In two starts at Ameriquest Field, Tejada has allowed 11 runs, 13 hits and a .419 opponent batting average in just 6 1-3 innings.
Baltimore enters this contest having lost eight of its last 12, and may have lost their starting center fielder for a while. Corey Patterson stole his 40th base and scored in the top of the second Tuesday, but had to leave the game in the bottom of the inning with a sprained right shoulder after running into the center-field wall while making a catch.
X-rays were negative, but Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said Patterson could be out for a week to 10 days.
Kris Benson (10-10, 4.88) will start for the Orioles, trying to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season. The right-hander gave up six runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings of an 11-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
“I’ve never seen him up in the zone as much as he was tonight,” Perlozzo said. “He didn’t command anything. It was not the usual Kris Benson outing.”
Benson had a poor outing in a 9-0 loss to Cleveland on July 7 and faced Texas his next time out, but still found himself on the losing end in his only career start against them. He gave up two runs and four hits in his second complete game of the season in a 2-1 defeat on July 14.
Benson is 1-5 with a 6.45 ERA in eight starts since July 2, and he has not won on the road since June 17.