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Texas Rangers Series Preview: Oakland A’s

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Part Two of the Rangers’ Bay Area series

Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Continuing their road trip, the Rangers head to Oakland for a three game series against the tied-for-first-place-in-the-AL-west Oakland A’s.

Tuesday’s game will feature Lance Lynn making his first road start of the year. Last season he went 6-10 in 17 starts on the road with a 3.84 ERA. Jesus Luzardo will make his first Major League start, after making two appearances in relief this season. He is Oakland’s No. 1 prospect. So far this season he has pitched 6.2 innings and has given up three runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

Kyle Gibson will make his second start of the season in Wednesday, in his career he’s made six starts against Oakland going 3-2 with a 3.82 Era and 1.47 WHIP. Worth noting Khris Davis has a .200 avg in 10 at-bats against him with two RBIs and no home runs.

The Rangers will face Sean Manaea who is 0-2 this year with a 7.00 ERA. He’s had trouble the second time thought the order according to MLB.com, his last start against the Mariners, he retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up five runs, three of which were earned.

Closing out the series on Thursday will be Mike Minor and Mike Fiers. In Fiers’ last start he became the first Oakland started of the season to complete six innings. In the limited action to date he has a 5.40 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP.

Minor is looking to move on from his last start after allowing six runs in 5.1 innings. However, over the past two seasons he is 1-3 with a 6.33 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in five starts against Oakland.