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  W: D. Cease (3-6)   L: L. Lynn (14-9)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, August 23, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 27,016

Lynn, Rangers take aim at improved White Sox

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Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Rangers took two of three from the White Sox at home in June, but are 3-10 on Chicago's South Side since 2015. Texas has a .204/.289/.323 slash line in those games.
  2. The Rangers lead all of MLB with 93 hits since August 14, and have six games with at least 10 hits out of those nine contests. From August 1-13, Texas' 69 hits were the second-fewest in MLB (Seattle, 53), and it only had one game with at least 10 hits out of those 11 contests.
  3. The Rangers' Willie Calhoun has six two-hit games in his last eight contests after recording six multi-hit games in his previous 39 contests. The White Sox send lefty Ross Detwiler to the mound in the opener, and Calhoun has 9 hits including a pair of homers in his last 16 at-bats against southpaws.
  4. The Rangers' Lance Lynn, who starts on Friday, is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four career starts at Guaranteed Rate Field. This season, he is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven starts against AL Central teams compared to 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA in his other 19 starts.
  5. Chicago's Tim Anderson leads MLB with 35 hits this month, and is batting .486 (17-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak. He notched his 120th hit Wednesday in his 92nd game, the first White Sox shortstop with 120 hits in his first 92 games in a season since Hall of Famer Luke Appling in 1940.
  6. Jose Abreu's 29 hits in August rank sixth in MLB while his 22 RBI are one shy of the Reds' Aristides Aquino for the most in the majors. Since his 2014 rookie season, Abreu is second in the majors with 195 August hits (Braves' Ender Inciarte, 196) and third in August RBI with 106.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Texas Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn boasts a 2.65 ERA in his past three starts.

He has an 0-2 record during that span to show for it.

Still, as the visiting Rangers prepare to resume their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night with Lynn on the mound, there isn't any finger pointing. Unless you count the inward variety.

Lynn (14-8, 3.60 ERA) scattered three runs on four hits in five innings during Sunday's home loss to the Minnesota Twins. Although the Rangers rallied to tie the game after he exited, Lynn walked five batters and threw 112 pitches, frustrating statistics for which he took the fall.

"My command of the strike zone wasn't there all day, really," Lynn said. "When you look at their lineup, you have to be on. I wasn't throwing enough quality strikes, and I was behind in a lot of counts and walked too many guys. I was able to stay in there as long as I could but gave them two runs early, and we were fighting the rest of the game. I have to be better from the get-go."

Lynn continues to enjoy a resurgent season that includes a victory against the White Sox. Recovering from early struggles and benefiting from a potent attack, Lynn defeated Chicago at Globe Life Park on June 22 behind seven innings of five-run, six-hit ball.

The veteran is 4-1 with a 3.04 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox.

While Lynn figures to remain a rotation cornerstone down the stretch, Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he has spoken with Lynn and lefty Mike Minor about the possibility of missing a start once rosters expand Sept. 1. As with the White Sox, the Rangers are out of the playoff hunt and seeking to evaluate young players.

"They understand," Woodward said of Lynn and Minor. "They're still playing. Their sacrifice this year has been off the field. They've done so much. They all want to play, but they're also seeing our younger guys take that next step in their development."

Rookie righty Dylan Cease (2-6, 5.93 ERA), one of the White Sox's prized young arms, is set to oppose Lynn as Chicago seek its second straight win and fourth in five games. After winning his big league debut July 3 against Detroit, Cease has slumped to a 1-6 record over his past seven starts with a 6.00 ERA.

Those struggles include a 1-3 mark and 5.09 ERA in four August starts covering 23 innings. Cease has pitched past five innings just twice in his past six starts while remaining susceptible to the home run; he has allowed 10 in 44 innings.

"He's been leaving pitches out over the plate a little bit more consistently," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "And this is the big leagues. Most of the guys are going to be able to consistently get the barrel to the baseball. It doesn't matter how hard you throw."

Friday marks Cease's first career appearance against Texas.

White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez may return to the lineup following a one-day absence with hip soreness. Jimenez missed Thursday's series opener, a 6-1 Chicago victory, as general manager Rick Hahn said the club would "err on the side of caution."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 23, 2019

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