The Texas Rangers (18-28, 5th AL West) conclude their four-game series in the Windy City on Sunday when they face the Chicago White Sox (11-30, 5th AL Central).
On Friday, the Rangers beat the White Sox 12-5 to even the current series at 1-1 after the White Sox won on Thursday 4-2. The Rangers offense came alive on Friday as Shin-Soo Choo smacked a grand slam, his first in eight seasons. Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar each had three RBIs for the Rangers. Jesse Chavez and two others from the bullpen pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings for Texas after Matt Moore started the game but did not pitch well. Chicago has now lost 10 of its last 12 games and 16 of 20 at home.
Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with a batting average of .283 and 49 hits. Joey Gallo leads in home runs with 13 and RBIs with 30. Texas has a team batting average of .230, while opposing hitters are averaging .271 at the plate against Rangers pitching. On Sunday, the Rangers will send Mike Minor to the mound. The left-hander this season is 3-2 with an ERA of 5.61, 37 Ks and 11 BBs.
Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with a batting average of .293 and 46 hits. Matt Davidson leads the team in home runs with 11 and RBIs with 27. Chicago has a team batting average of .242 while opposing hitters are averaging .263 at the plate against White Sox pitching. On Sunday, Chicago will send Reynaldo Lopez to the mound. The right-hander this season is 0-3 with an ERA of 3.50, 31 Ks and 21 BBs.