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Globe Life Park in Arlington Jose Canseco Jersey , Texas.But the way the Rangers hit the ball on Sunday in a 18-4 win over Minnesota, it might not matter who pitches.Texas, winners of two straight games after losing five in a row, will send left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs to the mound to begin Monday’s game.Article continues below ...Springs (0-0 2.55 ERA) will be followed by Ariel Jurado for Texas, who is normally a starter. The Angels will counter with right-hander Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76) in the series opener.“It’s something we thought about,” Texas manager Jeff Banister told “We have a little better feel for the personnel. We still feel good about Jurado, but we’d also still like to take a look at this process. If it gives Jeffrey Springs the feel for starting a baseball game.”Texas ripped off a nine-run sixth inning that included three home runs Jed Lowrie Jersey , all part of a club-record 13 extra-base hits in the victory. The series win was the first for the Rangers since taking three of four games from the Angels on Aug. 16-19.The Angels head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex after a 4-2 loss to Houston on Sunday, losing the final two of four games this week to the AL West-leading Astros.Left fielder Justin Upton was out of the Angels’ starting lineup against the Astros on Sunday after sustaining a concussion during Saturday’s 7-3 loss at Minute Maid Park.“I feel all right, Upton said. “(Trainer) Adam (Nevala) said it’s going to be a day-to-day thing. That’s the plan, just to get better every day.”Upton is batting .265 with a .816 OPS, 26 home runs, and 75 RBIs in 125 games this season. Eric Young Jr. started in left field in place of Upton on Sunday. Upton won’t be cleared to return until his symptoms subside.It’s not that severe for me, Upton said. But there are serious concussions, and it’s not something you kind of play around with or mess around with.Shoemaker is scheduled to return from the disabled list to make his second start of the season and first since March 31 at Oakland. In the interim , he will have missed 134 games with a right forearm strain.Shoemaker made a rehab appearance with Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday against Lake Elsinore, throwing four hitless innings while striking out a half-dozen.“Without putting too much pressure on a guy, hopefully, he’ll get into his game and pitch like Matty can pitch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Shoemaker. “We’ll take it inning by inning, see how he holds up. But his stuff graded out very well in his minor league appearance.”In six career starts against the Rangers, he is 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA. Shoemaker picked up wins in each of first four starts against Texas but has lost the past two.Springs has spun five shutout innings in his past three games. He made his major league debut on July 31 at Arizona, striking out three of the final four batters he faced Walt Weiss Jersey , after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock before the game.Jurado will see the bulk of the pitching action for the Rangers as each of his first seven big-league games has been as a starter. He last pitched and took the loss in the first game of this homestand, an 8-4 loss on Tuesday to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Angels might be out of the running for a playoff spot, but they can certainly factor in the American League West race.The Angels open a three-game series against the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Friday night at Angel Stadium, the first of 10 games against the reigning World Series champions over the next month.The Astros (77-50) entered Thursday with a one-game lead over the Oakland A’s and a 5 1/2-game edge on the Seattle Mariners.Article continues below ...The Angels (63-65) have six games remaining against Oakland and four against Seattle, which is chasing the A’s for the final AL wild-card spot.Houston will send left-hander Dallas Keuchel to the mound in the series opener. Keuchel is 11-2 in his career against the Angels with a 3.41 ERA. He’s 25-23 against the rest of the AL West.He won his only start against the Angels this season, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning on July 20 in Anaheim before allowing one unearned run and two hits over 7 2/3 innings of the 3-1 win.He has won his past five decisions against Los Angeles overall with his last loss coming on Sept. 11, 2015 at Angel Stadium.Keuchel (9-10, 3.59 ERA) hasn’t been able to get his record over .500 this season Marcus Semien Jersey , however.He had three chances after moving to 9-9 in an 8-3 win against the Mariners on Aug. 1, but had no decisions in his next two starts and then took the loss in a 7-1 defeat against the A’s on Saturday.Keuchel gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Six of those hits were doubles.“They got in that momentum with really good at-bats and double after double after double,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch told afterward. “He didn’t need to make perfect pitches, but he didn’t get the ball on the ground today the way he normally does.”The series will mark the return of Houston catcher Martin Maldonado to Anaheim. He was acquired from the Angels in a trade on July 26.Maldonado has three home runs in 16 games with the Astros after hitting five in 78 games with the Angels.Reports have also surfaced that Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout could return Friday. Trout was on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right wrist when his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, died on Aug. 15.Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney is also looking to get over .500 for the first time this season. He’s had six chances, but is 0-3 with three no-decisions in those games.Most recently he missed an opportunity against the Texas Rangers, allowing six runs and 10 hits on Saturday and leaving after 5 2/3 innings with the score tied 6-6. The Angels went on to win 11-7.Heaney (7-7 , 4.11 ERA) beat the Astros in his two starts this season, both times to get his record back to .500. Those are his only two decisions in four career starts against the Astros.Heaney will try to lift his teammates, who have dropped five of their past six games. In addition to being without Trout, left fielder Justin Upton has missed the past two games with a cut on his right index finger, forcing Angels manager Mike Scioscia to go with a younger, more inexperienced lineup.“We have some guys who are figuring it out as they play every day,” Scioscia told the Orange County Register following a 5-1 loss at the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. “These guys need to play to figure stuff out.”
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