05/09/10 8:20 PM ET
Rangers look to put perfection behind A's
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The Rangers have the luxury of focusing on the present.
The two will collide Tuesday in Arlington with first-place in the American League West on the line and one goal: forget about the past. The Rangers lead the A's by one game in the division standings.
"We want to play well against them obviously, especially since they are in our division," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "But the main thing is we just want to keep playing well."
The Rangers have won four in a row and have been winners in eight of their last 10 games. The A's have split their last 10 games but are riding a two-game winning streak.
Oakland's last win was one for the record books -- Braden's perfect game. He retired all 27 Tampa Bay batters he faced to earn the 19th perfect game in Major League history in the A's 4-0 victory. The only other pitcher in A's history to toss a perfect game was Catfish Hunter, who did so on May 8, 1968, against the Twins.
It's realistic to believe that Cahill will be inspired by Braden's feat. It's also very likely that he won't be as perfect. But in this case, a good performance from Cahill will suffice. A great outing would be even better.
Cahill allowed just one unearned run over five innings during Wednesday's win over the Rangers in Oakland to improve to 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. His 2.05 ERA against Texas since the start of 2009 is the second-lowest figure in the Majors behind Scott Kazmir's ERA of 1.96.
Cahill threw seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out seven on Sept. 16, 2009, to earn the victory in his only appearance at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Colby Lewis will take the hill for the Rangers for the first time since he suffered his first loss of the season on Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Athletics.
He's also on a roll. Lewis is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts at home this season with opponents hitting .199 off him this season.
Overall, he's 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five career starts and two relief appearances against the Athletics in his career.
Athletics: Duchscherer to test hip on mound
Starter Justin Duchscherer is slated to throw a bullpen session before the team's flight Monday morning, the results of which will likely determine whether he can come off the disabled list on Saturday and make his start against the Angels. Duchscherer had a cortisone shot for his left hip inflammation last week and has been throwing off flat ground.
Rangers: Feliz notches his ninth save
Neftali Feliz earned his ninth save of the season Sunday and has picked up saves in each of his last seven outings. He is now 9-for-10 in save chances this year and has retired 17 of the last 18 batters he has faced, allowing no runs over his last six relief outings. Moreover, Texas relievers have logged 10 consecutive scoreless innings and have retired 28 of 36 batters faced since Thursday, including the last 11 batters.
The Rangers' Elvis Andrus is riding a 10-game hitting streak. He's 15-for-39 with 12 runs scored during the streak. ... The Rangers have decided to wait one day before outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has been sidelined with a strained right hamstring since April 27, goes on a medical rehabilitation assignment. He tested the leg on the basepaths before Sunday's game.
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