"It would be nice," Rangers outfielder David Murphy said. "We played well at home this year and we would love to be playing in front of our fans. But we played well on the road in the playoffs last year."The Angels, who would have trotted out Jered Weaver had they still been in contention for a playoff spot, announced on Tuesday that the ace and AL Cy Young contender would be shut down. Rookie Garrett Richards will start instead. Richards will be making the third start of his career. His last one was against these same Rangers on Aug. 15, when he exited after two-thirds of an inning with a right groin strain. When he returned, he came out of the bullpen, but with the Angels no longer in contention, the team will give the rookie a chance to start.
He'll have to face Michael Young, who continues to chase his second career batting title.Young went 2-for-5 on Tuesday, raising his average to .338. He'll face an uphill battle as the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera matched his 2-for-5 with a 2-for-5 of his own, to raise his average to .343. Rangers: Ogando reprises role as reliever
Alexi Ogando warmed up on Monday, but did not enter the game. This is relevant because Ogando then pitched a blemish-free ninth on Tuesday. This is another signal that the team could be considering Ogando out of the bullpen for the playoffs. After Colby Lewis pitched six innings on Tuesday, there is a good chance that Wednesday's starter Matt Harrison will see a similar amount of time on the mound. Angels: Morales continues his rehab
First baseman Kendrys Morales visited the locker room prior to Tuesday's game. He hasn't played since breaking his ankle jumping on home plate after hitting a walk-off home run on May 29, 2010. "He is bouncing around much better than we anticipated," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He is walking really well. I don't know if it is any indication of where he will be in the spring, but he is very comfortable where his ankle is and where he will be in the future. It is good to see." Worth noting
Torii Hunter and Erick Aybar are a combined 2-for-19 against Harrison, but those two hits were a home run for Hunter and a double for Aybar. Richards gave up an unearned run in his two-thirds of an inning against the Rangers but didn't factor in the decision. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre enters the game having homered in 12 of his last 15 games and leads all of baseball for RBIs in September with 29. His 12 September homers are a franchise record for the month, breaking Alex Rodriguez's record of 11.