The Royals were already seeking redemption after losing four consecutive games to the Rangers earlier this month, so imagine how they feel after losing Tuesday, their fifth loss in a row to Texas this season.
"I think that if everybody on our team doesn't want to exact a little bit of revenge, then there's something wrong with them. That wasn't a fun series for anybody," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I think everybody has got that in the back of their mind. It's definitely there."
The Rangers will try to extend their winning streak against the Royals to six games Wednesday when they send Scott Feldman to the mound. The Royals will counter with Luke Hochevar.
As for Feldman, he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts in a 13-7 win against the Orioles in his last start. The victory marked his first win since April 11 against the Mariners.
In his last start against the Royals, Feldman pitched just four innings, giving up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts in a 6-4 win. In two career starts at Kansas City, he is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA and nine strikeouts.
The Rangers need Feldman. Texas leads the American League West by three games.
Hochevar picked up his fourth win of the season in a complete game against the Cleveland Indians last Thursday, giving up just four hits and three earned runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. In his last start against Texas on May 9, Hochevar departed after just 2 2/3 innings, surrendering three hits and four earned runs, while walking four of the 15 batters he faced.
If Hochevar wins, he will be the Royals' first five-game winner, but just as important to Kansas City, he'll snap the Rangers' winning streak.
When asked if he wanted to pull back any of the team's emotion against the Rangers, Yost said "No." "Get ready boys, get back at them. That's my philosophy," he said.
Rangers: Vlad wielding hot bat
Vladimir Guerrero hit his team-leading 11th and 12th home runs of the season Wednesday. The multi-home run game marked the second of the season and 41st of his career. ... Rangers officials have made it clear that they are not going to get involved in any trade talks concerning Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt.
Royals: Butler continues double surge
The Royals have recorded 10 or more hits in eight of their last nine games and nine of their last eleven games. ... Billy Butler recorded his 15th career multi-double game Tuesday with two doubles. He has four career three double games. ... Royals outfielder David DeJesus and his wife, Kim, welcomed their first child, David Kingston DeJesus, on Tuesday. ... Jason Kendall's start Tuesday marked his 1,951st career start, moving him past Tony Pena for fifth for games caught.
Michael Young extended two streaks Tuesday by going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has also reached safely in 21 straight games dating back to May 3 at Oakland.
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