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Rangers to face familiar pitchers against D-backs

SEATTLE -- Former teammate Brandon McCarthy and old nemesis Trevor Cahill are among the pitchers the Rangers are expected to face this week against the Diamondbacks. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs and Cahill are expected to pitch for the D-backs in the doubleheader on Monday. When the Rangers return to Arlington, they are expected to face McCarthy and Wade Miley.

Cahill, who was with the Athletics from 2009-11, is 9-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 starts against the Rangers. That ERA is tied with James Shields for the lowest against the Rangers among active pitchers with at least 10 starts against them.

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McCarthy is 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA in nine career starts and two relief appearances against the Rangers. He was with the Rangers for three injury-plagued seasons in 2007-09.

Skaggs is pitching the first game of the doubleheader and will be facing Martin Perez in a battle of top prospects. Skaggs is the D-backs' No. 1 rated prospect by MLB.com and Perez is No. 6 for the Rangers. He replaces Ian Kennedy, who has a laceration on his right index finger.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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