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Major League Baseball
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LA Angels at Texas
When: 2:05 PM ET, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

The Los Angeles Angels got off to a good start as they returned to Arlington for the first time since the untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, but the contest spiraled downward and ended in disappointment. The Angels will have two chances to redeem themselves on Tuesday as they visit the Texas Rangers for a day-night doubleheader.

Los Angeles had the opener of its series at Texas in early July pushed back a day after Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room and pronounced dead at 27. The team sprinted out of the gate in its first return to Arlington since the tragedy, scoring five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-1 lead, but fell apart and dropped an 8-7 decision in 11 innings. Albert Pujols belted a three-run homer in the loss and registered his third two-hit performance in four contests as the Angels lost for just the second time in six games. Jose Trevino went deep while Hunter Pence registered his second straight three-hit performance and drove in a run as the Rangers halted their four-game slide.

TV: 2:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS West (Los Angeles), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.62 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Brock Burke (NR)

Barria is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his eighth start and 13th appearance of the season. The 23-year-old Panamanian last pitched - and started - for the Angels on Aug. 9, when he surrendered five runs and six hits over five innings in a loss at Boston. Barria split a pair of starts at Texas earlier this season and is 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in seven career turns versus the Rangers.

Burke will be summoned from Triple-A Nashville to make his major-league debut after posting a 7.88 ERA without recording a decision in two starts for the Sounds. The 23-year-old native of Illinois will have pitched at every level for the organization this season but only has factored in decisions with Double-A Frisco, for whom he went 3-5 with a 3.18 ERA in nine turns. Burke was a third-round pick of Tampa Bay in the 2014 draft but was acquired by Texas in a three-team deal that also involved Oakland on December 21.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers could be without a pair of regulars on Tuesday as OF Nomar Mazara (oblique) and 3B Danny Santana (hamstring) both exited the series opener with injuries.

2. Los Angeles OF Justin Upton drove in two runs on Monday, giving him 14 RBIs in his last nine games.

3. Texas on Monday placed RHP Adrian Sampson (back) on the 10-day injured list, designated David Carpenter for assignment and recalled fellow RHP Phillips Valdez and OF Scott Heineman from Nashville.

PREDICTION: Angels 8, Rangers 5
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Angels 62-65 L1 33-31 29-34 14-12 11-14 25-31 12-8
Texas 61-64 W1 36-26 25-38 8-8 17-13 27-32 9-11
Last Meeting
LA Angels Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/19/19 LAA 7 TEX 8 x .295 1 .824 .311 1 .859
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels M. Trout .347 17 1.461
Texas S. Choo .357 20 1.115
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels M. Trout 9 16 16
Texas J. Gallo 5 10 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 4.73 .259 144
Texas 4.73 .250 97
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels M. Trout .298 125 1.104
Texas E. Andrus .281 130 .726
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels M. Trout 41 100 96
Texas J. Gallo 22 54 49
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 5.08 .254 1112
Texas 5.02 .251 1068