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Rangers get another crack at a lefty

Rangers get another crack at a lefty

DETROIT -- The Rangers, 1-3 this year when their opposition starts a left-hander, will face Kenny Rogers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Rangers manager Ron Washington is planning to get extra right-handed hitters into his lineup and that will likely include German Duran making his second start in left field. Duran started there on Saturday when southpaw Jon Lester started for the Red Sox.

On that night, Duran had to deal with Fenway Park's 37-foot left-field wall. At Comerica Park, he will be dealing with one of the largest left fields, by area, in the Major Leagues.

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"He certainly handled himself well [in Fenway]," Washington said. "I don't know if the Green Monster had anything to do with it, but we'll see if he can roam around this outfield."

Jason Botts will start at first base instead of Ben Broussard as Washington tried to keep his lineup from being too heavy with left-handed hitters. The Rangers had six in the lineup -- including switch-hitter Milton Bradley -- on Tuesday night.

The Rangers were hitting .259 against left-handers going into Tuesday's game with the Tigers. Washington sees that getting better as his hitters face more left-handed pitching. They had 66 at-bats against lefties in two games in Toronto last year as the Blue Jays pounded them with left-handed relievers.

Washington said that helped and the Rangers hit .300 (12-for-40) against lefties in four games in Boston.

"The more you see them, the better you are," Washington said. "Those lefties are some of my best hitters, so they have to be able to handle them."

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Luis Mendoza (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
Mendoza has made two starts after starting the season on the disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. Mendoza allowed seven runs in three-plus innings against the Red Sox in his last start on Friday at Fenway Park. He is a power-sinkerball pitcher, but he needs to complement that with a better breaking ball and/or changeup. In eight Major League appearances over the past two seasons, left-handed hitters are batting .346 and right-handers are hitting .205.

DET: LHP Kenny Rogers (1-3, 6.33 ERA)
Rogers picked up his first victory of the season with an impressive performance against the Blue Jays in his last start. The veteran left-hander allowed just three hits over 6 2/3 innings. His only real struggles came during the bottom of the fifth inning when he started battling some control problems. He is 6-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 15 career appearances against the Rangers.

Tidbits
Marlon Byrd's MRI revealed a bone bruise in his right knee, an injury similar to what Mark Teixeira was dealing with the past few years with the Rangers. He had a cortisone injection on Monday. ... Ben Broussard snapped an 0-for-19 with a second-inning single on Tuesday.

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Up next
• Thursday: Rangers (Jason Jennings, 0-3, 7.08) at Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 1-2, 4.37), 12:05 p.m. CT
• Friday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 1-2, 2.53) vs. Twins (Nick Blackburn, 1-1, 2.49), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Rangers (Kason Gabbard, 1-0, 2.18) vs. Twins (Scott Baker, 2-0, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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