All-Star Shin-Soo Choo looks to extend his streak of reaching base to 52 consecutive games when the Texas Rangers host the Cleveland Indians on Friday for the opener of their three-game series. Choo recently surpassed Julio Franco's franchise-record single-season mark of 46 straight contests set in 1993 and is closing in on Will Clark's overall streak of 58 games bridging the 1995 and 1996 campaigns.

Choo has been a bright spot in a lackluster season - the Rangers are 15 games below .500 - as he is batting .293 with 18 home runs and 43 RBIs. "Every hitter has a different goal, but my goal is always to get on base, get a hit, walk or get hit by a pitch," Choo told reporters. "It doesn't matter. That mentality makes this on-base streak special. Experience is a big help. When you play this long, you see a lot of pitches, different styles and different type of pitchers." The Indians hold a 7 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the American League Central and made a move to shore up a shaky bullpen by acquiring two-time All-Star Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from San Diego on Thursday for highly regarded catching prospect Francisco Mejia. Cleveland All-Stars Jose Ramirez (.302 average, 29 homers, 70 RBIs) and Francisco Lindor (.291-25-62) have combined for 112 extra-base hits - 57 by the former.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Trevor Bauer (8-6, 2.24 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Martin Perez (2-4, 7.67)

Bauer is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 42 2/3 innings in his last six starts. The 26-year-old ranks fourth in the major leagues with 175 strikeouts - 21 shy of the career high he set last year - and has fanned 10 or more batters on eight occasions. Bauer is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers, including a no-decision on April 30 in which he gave up two runs and four hits with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames.

Perez was sharp in a loss to Baltimore on Saturday, giving up just one run and five hits over seven innings. The outing was the first in 2 1/2 months for the 27-year-old as he was sidelined with a right elbow injury he initially suffered during an offseason incident with a bull. Perez is 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Indians but has held Lindor (0-for-5) in check.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Indians scored 25 runs while taking two of three from the Rangers from April 30-May 2.

2. Texas has lost 10 of its 13 games this month.

3. Cleveland All-Star LF Michael Brantley is batting .316 with six two-hit performances in July.

PREDICTION: Indians 4, Rangers 1

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Team Name

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Trevor Bauer Pitching order:1
Oliver Perez Pitching order:2
Neil Ramirez Pitching order:3
Brad Hand Pitching order:4
Adam Cimber Pitching order:5
Cody Allen Pitching order:6
Zach McAllister Pitching order:7
Dan Otero Pitching order:8
Michael Brantley Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Roberto Perez Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Jason Kipnis Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Yonder Alonso Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Tyler Naquin Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (CF)
Rajai Davis Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Brandon Guyer Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Jose Ramirez Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Francisco Lindor Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Edwin Encarnacion Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Yan Gomes Batting order:8 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Runner (PR)
2nd Position: (C)
Yandy Diaz Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

Team Name

HOME
Martin Perez Pitching order:1
Cory Gearrin Pitching order:2
Ricardo Rodriguez Pitching order:3
Jose Leclerc Pitching order:4
Jake Diekman Pitching order:5
Keone Kela Pitching order:6
Matt Moore Pitching order:7
Joey Gallo Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Robinson Chirinos Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Rougned Odor Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Jurickson Profar Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Ryan Rua Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Delino DeShields Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Carlos Tocci Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Shin-Soo Choo Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Adrian Beltre Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Elvis Andrus Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Ronald Guzman Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Batting order:4 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Runner (PR)
2nd Position: (3B)
Willie Calhoun Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

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