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Preview: Diamondbacks (45-59) at Rangers (41-63)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Chase Field
Date: May 29, 2013 8:05 PM EDT
  

The Texas Rangers have lost a season-high three straight and now must face a red-hot Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy has been stellar over his last three outings for the Arizona Diamondbacks heading into Wednesday night's matchup in Arlington.

Texas (32-20) was swept Monday in a doubleheader at Arizona after falling 4-3 in 13 innings at Seattle on Sunday.

"(Sunday) we had a chance to win the game and today we had a chance to win both of those games,' catcher A.J. Pierzynski said after 5-3 and 5-4 defeats in Phoenix. "It just wasn't meant to be."

The Rangers will now face a familiar face on the mound in McCarthy (2-3, 4.36 ERA), who pitched for Texas from 2007-09 before spending the last two seasons with Oakland. McCarthy is 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts in Arlington since leaving the Rangers.

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McCarthy, however, has allowed one run over 24 innings in his last three starts. He has won consecutive outings after giving up the one run in seven innings Friday in a 5-2 victory over San Diego.

"That was his third (quality start) in a row, threw the ball the same way," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Just really good command of what he was doing, pretty efficient."

Only one hitter in the majors has faced the right-hander more than Adrian Beltre, who is 13 for 31 with two homers against him. McCarthy has fared better against Elvis Andrus (3 for 18) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 17).

Andrus is hitting .227 at home and Cruz .215, so they may have more problems than just their past history versus McCarthy.

Mitch Moreland is 6 for 15 with two homers against McCarthy, and hitting .338 at home.

Like McCarthy, Texas starter Justin Grimm (4-3, 4.05) has also won his last two outings. Grimm yielded three runs and a season-high 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings Friday in a 9-5 victory at Seattle.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA at home heading into his first start against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona (30-22) has won three straight entering a nine-game trip. The Diamondbacks are 14-10 on the road, but 4-10 all-time at Texas.

"We've been pretty good on the road," Gibson said. "These guys get along well, they prepare well and we've got a good routine."

Gibson is unsure of the status of Gerardo Parra, who left the nightcap in the fifth inning with a strained left calf.

Willie Bloomquist is close to making his season debut for Arizona. The infielder has been rehabbing in the minors after starting 2013 on the disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle.

Arizona's Martin Prado has nine hits in his last 16 at_bats, but he's just a .200 hitter on the road compared to a .311 average at home.

Texas manager Ron Washington welcomed Tuesday's off day, but isn't sure how much it will help.

"It helps to have the off day, but what's an off day if you're getting in at 5 in the morning?" Washington told the Rangers' official website. "I'm going to sleep half of it away. Not because I want to, but if I don't, I'm going to be a zombie."

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Diamondbacks
Mon, May 27 Final 3 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Diamondbacks
Mon, May 27 Final 4 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Rangers
Wed, May 29 - 8:05PM EDT
 Recaps
GAME 4
Diamondbacks at Rangers
Thu, May 30 Final 5 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +125   -165   9.5 
 TEX  -135   +145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +128   -160   9.5 
 TEX  -138   +140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  27%   6%   44% 
 TEX  73%   94%   56% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 4 Over: 9 
 ARI 5 Cover: +131 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Under: 8 
 ARI 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 7 Cover: +100 
 ARI 1 Over: 8 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, May 29
 
    White Sox at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Nationals at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Rays at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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