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.

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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.


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