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Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins Pick & Prediction AUGUST 22nd 2022

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In his last outing on Tuesday night, Sonny Gray became the first Minnesota Twins starter to work into the seventh inning since July 1.

In his next start on Monday night, when Minnesota finishes a four-game wraparound weekend series with the Texas Rangers in Minneapolis, it needs Gray to pitch like that again in order to avoid another damaging loss to a sub-.500 team.

After dropping a 4-3, 10-inning decision Saturday night to Texas, the Twins managed just four hits off Kohei Arihara and Taylor Hearn Sunday in a 7-0 defeat. They also missed on a chance to gain ground on American League Central leader Cleveland, which was rained out of its Sunday game at home with the Chicago White Sox.

 

With the Guardians off Monday as they fly to San Diego to open a two-game series with the Padres Tuesday night, Minnesota can make up the half-game it lost on Sunday. And if history is any guide, Gray's presence gives it a chance to do just that.

In 16 career games against the Rangers, 15 of them starts, Gray is 9-4 with a 3.18 ERA. That includes a pair of complete-game shutouts. Plus he is coming off a dominant outing in his 9-0 win over Kansas City, fanning 10 and giving up only three hits in six-plus innings.

Gray was grateful that manager Rocco Baldelli gave him the chance to start the seventh, even though he departed after consecutive singles.

"I want to continue to put myself in those positions to continue to get those opportunities, because I will make the most of them," Gray said.

Gray (7-3, 3.11 ERA) is also aiming to show Texas a better version of himself than it saw July 8 in Arlington, Texas, where he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings and didn't record a strikeout in a loss.

The Rangers aren't contending for anything besides third place in the AL West, but have played a better brand of baseball since firing manager Chris Woodward on Aug. 15. They are 4-3 under interim skipper Tony Beasley, including consecutive wins the last two games against a playoff contender.

"The reality of it is it was a surprise to me," Beasley said of the battlefield promotion. "I was asked to be in charge and to embrace that. I believe we can. We can move the needle forward."

One reason it's going in the right direction is because Nathaniel Lowe has been hot at the plate. Sunday's two-hit performance, which included his 18th homer of the year, has upped his average to a career-high .295. Lowe is 17-for-38 over the last 10 games and 7-for-14 against the Twins.

Rookie right-hander Cole Ragans (0-2, 5.02) will make his fourth career start -- and first against the Twins -- since joining the Rangers on Aug. 4.

Ragans is coming off a loss to Oakland Wednesday night, going five innings and allowing three runs off four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Texas clinched a season series victory against Minnesota with Sunday's triumph.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Texas Rangers
3
6
Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins Recap AUG 22TH 2022

Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs Sunday while Kohei Arihara fired six scoreless innings as the Texas Rangers blanked the Minnesota Twins 7-0 in Minneapolis.

Arihara (1-1), making just his second start of the year, allowed four hits and walked none while fanning three. Taylor Hearn relieved him and struck out five while retiring all nine hitters he faced for his first major league save as Texas earned its second straight win in a series that ends on Monday night.

Joe Ryan (9-6) was a tough-luck loser for Minnesota, giving up only two hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings with three walks and six strikeouts. But the first hit he allowed was Semien's 19th homer, a 418-foot missile into the second deck behind the left field wall to start the top of the fourth.

Ryan departed after Adolis Garcia beat out an infield single, stole second and reached third on Jonah Heim's infield out. Reliever Trevor Megill turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-0 hole by giving up a two-out, two-run single to Brad Miller and Semien's RBI single to left.

Nathaniel Lowe upped the advantage to 5-0 in the eighth when he crushed a 424-foot homer to right field, his 18th of the year, off Emilio Pagan. It continued a hot streak for Lowe, who is 16-for-35 (.457) over his last nine games.

The Rangers tacked on two more in the ninth when Miller singled home Leody Taveras and Semien lofted a sacrifice fly to right that plated Bubba Thompson.

The Twins had a chance in their half of the seventh after chasing Arihara with leadoff singles by Jorge Polanco and Jose Miranda. But Hearn quelled the threat with a pair of strikeouts and a deep lineout to center.

Minnesota missed a chance to gain ground on AL Central leader Cleveland, which was rained out of its game Sunday with the Chicago White Sox. The Twins are 1 1/2 games behind the Guardians.

Semien, Lowe and Miller each collected two of Texas' 11 hits. Polanco was the only Minnesota hitter with two hits.

--Field Level Media

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