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Chi White Sox1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 490
Texas0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 361
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Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 23,402

Rangers look to keep rolling vs. White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

  1. At 45-72 (.385), the White Sox currently hold the worst record in the American League. The last time the White Sox finished the season with the AL's worst record was 1976 when they went 64-97 (.400).
  2. The Rangers are coming off a three-game sweep at home against the Tigers. This was Texas' first home sweep since sweeping three straight series from May 10-18 earlier this season.
  3. Dating back to 2012, the Texas is just 15-21 (.417) against the White Sox, but are 477-416 (.534) against the rest of MLB. Of all AL opponents, the Rangers only have a worse record against the Indians (16-26, .381) and Blue Jays (17-25, .405) than they have against the White Sox over this time frame.
  4. In his first start of 2017 last Friday, Reynaldo Lopez had a quality start, allowing just two runs on four hits in six innings pitched. This was the third quality start of Lopez's career.
  5. In his career, Tyson Ross has a 3.82 ERA and a record of 35-55 (.389). Among all active pitchers with at least 100 games started, he has the second-worst career winning percentage behind only Andrew Cashner (38-62, .380) who is currently his teammate in Texas and was also his teammate in San Diego from 2013-2016.
  6. 49.3 percent of Joey Gallo's hits this season have been home runs (35 home runs and 71 hits). Among batting title qualifiers, this is the highest single-season rate of home runs to hits in MLB history, topping the mark set by Barry Bonds in his record-breaking 2001 campaign where he had 73 home runs on 156 hits (46.8 percent).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2017 thru 8/20/2017

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are getting offense from everywhere in their bid to remain in the American League playoff race.

The struggling Chicago White Sox are getting it from one player with a bright future.

Rookie Nicky Delmonico has reached base in 13 of his first 14 games heading into Friday's game against a Texas team that's trying to extend a winning streak to five after a 9-8 victory Thursday in the opener of the four-game series.

Delmonico, who has primarily played in the outfield, was the first player in team history to reach base in his first 13 games. The streak ended when he went 0-for-4 on Thursday.

While there are no playoff hopes for the White Sox, losers of five straight, Delmonico is certainly providing hope for Chicago.

"He's a young man (who has) worked on a whole lot of things," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's mature. He's got it. I call it the 'it' factor. There's something about him. He's a baseball player that's got skillsets that can apply in practical terms."

Delmonico flashed that "it" factor Wednesday night when he became only the second White Sox player since 2006 to record a multi-homer game in his first 13 contests, joining teammate Jose Abreu. He also recorded three three-hit games in his first 14 starts.

"I'm glad he started well," Renteria said. "You can't expect that kind of pace in terms of homers and all the things he's doing is something that you're going to see all the time. But it's there with him to be a consistent major league baseball player, I think."

Chicago would love to see some consistency from Friday starter James Shields (2-4, 5.90 ERA). Shields is 1-4 with a 7.27 ERA over his last 10 starts, including 0-3 with a 7.54 ERA over his last seven.

The good news for Shields is that he has had success against the hot-hitting Rangers, going 7-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts. In his last nine turns against Texas, he is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA.

While Shields is trending in the wrong direction, Texas right-hander Andrew Cashner (7-9, 3.32) is going strong.

He's 3-1 over his last four starts; and, since the start of July, he's 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA. That's the fifth-lowest ERA in the American League in that span.

Cashner has had no success against the White Sox, though. He has faced Chicago three times (one start) in his career but is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA.

But, with the way the Texas offense is going, Cashner doesn't have to be perfect. The Rangers have scored at least six runs in six of their last seven games, reaching double figures twice. The hot offense isn't just a week-long trend either, as the Rangers have scored at least four runs in 16 of their last 17 games.

That has breathed life into their playoff hopes.

"Everybody is doing their job," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "Everybody is seeing pitches. We're all having good team at-bats, and we're wearing out a lot of pitchers. That's when we play the best, and that's why we're playing the best (baseball) of the season."

Updated August 18, 2017

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