Rangers face the Rays with 2-1 series lead

Tampa Bay Rays (29-21, third in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (24-25, third in the AL West)

Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 2:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.03 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 42 strikeouts); Rangers: Taylor Hearn (3-3, 5.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 38 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -123, Rangers +104; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers bring a 2-1 advantage into the next game of the series...

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Tampa Bay Rays (29-21, third in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (24-25, third in the AL West)

Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 2:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.03 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 42 strikeouts); Rangers: Taylor Hearn (3-3, 5.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 38 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -123, Rangers +104; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers bring a 2-1 advantage into the next game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Texas has a 24-25 record overall and a 12-13 record at home. The Rangers are 17-5 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

Tampa Bay has a 12-10 record in road games and a 29-21 record overall. The Rays are 24-3 in games when they out-hit their opponents.

The teams square off Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nate Lowe ranks seventh on the Rangers with a .264 batting average, and has five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 walks and 17 RBI. Kole Calhoun is 12-for-39 with a home run and six RBI over the last 10 games.

Yandy Diaz has three home runs, 26 walks and 11 RBI while hitting .259 for the Rays. Randy Arozarena is 9-for-36 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 6-4, .275 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs

Rays: 5-5, .196 batting average, 3.16 ERA, outscored by five runs

INJURIES: Rangers: Brad Miller: 10-Day IL (hip), Jose Leclerc: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jonathan Hernandez: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Rays: Wander Franco: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Andrew Kittredge: 15-Day IL (back), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Chris Mazza: 60-Day IL (back), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (back), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (lat), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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