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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.

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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