Park tries to keep Astros grounded

Park tries to keep Astros grounded

From a mental standpoint, Chan Ho Park's start on Sunday will be an important one.

Park will be trying to bounce back after surrendering 10 hits and eight runs in one-plus inning last Tuesday against the Angels. Pitching coach Orel Hershiser said he is taking the approach with Park that it was just one cold outing and Park can launch from here. But Park has to show there are no carryover effects after the rough outing he endured in his last start.

Park doesn't figure to have much margin for error while matched against veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte. The Rangers would love to depart Houston with momentum as they await a four-game series against the Angels, beginning Monday night at Ameriquest Field.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Chan Ho Park
• 7-2, 6.05 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. HOU in 2005

HOU: LHP Andy Pettitte
• 4-7, 3.47 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 10.80 ERA vs. TEX in 2004

Player to watch
First baseman Mark Teixeira could be ready to break out again. He hasn't homered on the road trip, but has 20 for the season.

"Chris was a difference maker today. He was outstanding." -- Buck Showalter, on Chris Young's three-hitter through seven innings in Saturday's 6-5 win

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• TEX: KRLD 1080, KFLC 1270 (Español)
• HOU: KTRH 740, KLAT (Español)

Quick hits
By virtue of a 4-1 edge on Houston in the season series, the Rangers captured the Silver Boot trophy. It's the first time Texas has claimed the trophy on wins. ... The Rangers lead the Majors in homers with 116. ... Shortstop Michael Young went 3-for-5 Saturday to lift his batting average to .323.

On deck
• Monday: vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m. CT
• Tuesday: vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m. CT

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.