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Rangers Series Preview: Cleveland Indians

The second half begins

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

First things first, it’s going to be 106, 109, 108 for the weekend series. If you’re going to these games, God bless you for your ability to thrive in the heat. Drink water, don’t forget sunscreen, and make sure to eat all the ice cream at Globe Life.

On to the important stuff. The Rangers have finally listened to the people and have called up Willie Calhoun. Nomar Mazara has been moved to the 10-day DL for a right thumb sprain, retroactive to July 17.

Last night the Rangers traded Jesse Chavez to the Cubs, so there is still an available roster spot however chances are the Rangers fill that with Alex Claudio coming off the DL on Saturday.

Choo is coming into the series with a 51 game on-base steak (52 if you want to count the All-Star Game!) This is the longest on-base streak since Kevin Millar went 52 games back in 2007.

Cleveland is currently first in their division with a 52-43 record, their 4-6 for their last 10 before the All-Star Break.

Texas is 41-56 and 3-7 for their last 10.

Martin Perez will get the start tonight, his second start since coming off the DL. Trevor Bauer will be on the mound for Cleveland.

Saturday’s game will be another night game and Bartolo Colon will be pitching for the Rangers while Cleveland has Carlos Carrasco.

The series finale will be the only afternoon game of the series, Cole Hamels will make the start for the Rangers and Mike Clevinger will start for Cleveland.