Astros vs. Rangers: Monday's preview and lineups

Astros vs. Rangers: Monday's preview and lineups
September 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Texas Rangers aren’t the ideal opponent for the Astros, who are trying to snap a season-high nine-game losing streak when the two teams meet Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas owns a 14-2 record against Houston this year and the Rangers have more to play for than the Astros. The Rangers are fighting for a wild-card spot. Texas has won eight straight games against Houston and its 14 wins versus Houston are tied for second most over one team in a season. In 2011 the Rangers beat the Mariners 15 times. But the Rangers are not coming into the series strong, having gone 3-4 on a just-completed road trip to Tampa Bay and Kansas City, and having lost 10 of their last 13 games.

The Astros have activated catcher Max Stassi from the seven-day concussion disabled list, but the right-handed hitter is not in the starting lineup against Texas left-hander Derek Holland (9-9). Switch-hitting Carlos Corporan is Houston’s staring catcher in the first game of the three-game series. Third baseman Matt Dominguez, who is hitting .295 since Aug. 13, is hitting in the 3-hole. Stassi, who has been the DH in his two major league games, has yet to appear in a game at catcher for the Astros. Stassi sustained the concussion the last time the club was in Arlington when he took a pitch from right-hander Tanner Scheppers off his shoulder and jaw on Aug. 21. Right-hander Jordan Lyles (7-8) starts for Houston. In his previous start, Lyles lasted only 3 1/3 innings in a 10-0 loss to Cincinnati.



Here are Monday’s lineups:


Astros (51-105)

  1. Jonathan Villar SS
  2. Jose Altuve 2B
  3. Matt Dominguez 3B
  4. Chris Carter 1B
  5. Brandon Laird DH
  6. L.J. Hoes RF
  7. Trevor Crowe LF
  8. Carlos Corporan C
  9. Brandon Barnes CF

RHP Jordan Lyles (7-8, 5.26 ERA)



Rangers (84-71)


  1. Ian Kinsler 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus SS
  3. Alex Rios RF
  4. Adrian Beltre 3B
  5. A.J. Pierzynski C
  6. Mitch Moreland 1B
  7. Craig Gentry LF
  8. David Murphy DH
  9. Leonys Martin CF

LHP Derek Holland (9-9, 3.48 ERA)

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