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The Texas Rangers announced before Sunday’s game that they will go with the ever-growing opener pitching strategy when they begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , Texas.But the way the Rangers hit the ball on Sunday in a 18-4 win over Minnesota, it might not matter who pitches.Texas, winners of two straight games after losing five in a row, will send left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs to the mound to begin Monday’s game.Article continues below ...Springs (0-0 2.55 ERA) will be followed by Ariel Jurado for Texas, who is normally a starter. The Angels will counter with right-hander Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76) in the series opener.“It’s something we thought about,” Texas manager Jeff Banister told MLB.com. “We have a little better feel for the personnel. We still feel good about Jurado Brian Flynn Jersey , but we’d also still like to take a look at this process. If it gives Jeffrey Springs the feel for starting a baseball game.”Texas ripped off a nine-run sixth inning that included three home runs, all part of a club-record 13 extra-base hits in the victory. The series win was the first for the Rangers since taking three of four games from the Angels on Aug. 16-19.The Angels head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex after a 4-2 loss to Houston on Sunday, losing the final two of four games this week to the AL West-leading Astros.Left fielder Justin Upton was out of the Angels’ starting lineup against the Astros on Sunday after sustaining a concussion during Saturday’s 7-3 loss at Minute Maid Park.“I feel all right, Upton said. “(Trainer) Adam (Nevala) said it’s going to be a day-to-day thing. That’s the plan, just to get better every day.”Upton is batting .265 with a .816 OPS, 26 home runs, and 75 RBIs in 125 games this season. Eric Young Jr. started in left field in place of Upton on Sunday. Upton won’t be cleared to return until his symptoms subside.It’s not that severe for me Abraham Almonte Jersey , Upton said. But there are serious concussions, and it’s not something you kind of play around with or mess around with.Shoemaker is scheduled to return from the disabled list to make his second start of the season and first since March 31 at Oakland. In the interim, he will have missed 134 games with a right forearm strain.Shoemaker made a rehab appearance with Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday against Lake Elsinore, throwing four hitless innings while striking out a half-dozen.“Without putting too much pressure on a guy, hopefully, he’ll get into his game and pitch like Matty can pitch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Shoemaker. “We’ll take it inning by inning http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-grimm-jersey , see how he holds up. But his stuff graded out very well in his minor league appearance.”In six career starts against the Rangers, he is 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA. Shoemaker picked up wins in each of first four starts against Texas but has lost the past two.Springs has spun five shutout innings in his past three games. He made his major league debut on July 31 at Arizona, striking out three of the final four batters he faced, after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock before the game.Jurado will see the bulk of the pitching action for the Rangers as each of his first seven big-league games has been as a starter. He last pitched and took the loss in the first game of this homestand, an 8-4 loss on Tuesday to the Los Angeles Dodgers. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is "frustrated" he hasn't been on the field while his team has fallen 10 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East."I'm not frustrated with the pace [of the healing]. I'm frustrated with being out," Judge said, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.com.Judge has been out since July 26 Burch Smith Jersey , when he was hit by a pitch and suffered a chip fracture in his wrist. Harvey noted the Yankees initially said Judge would take three weeks to recover, but general manager Brian Cashman granted "we missed on the time frame" in an interview with WFAN 101.9 FM's Mike Francesa on Wednesday, adding, "It's going to be longer than that."Judge also said the cortisone shot he received Monday was something to "just kind of [get] over the hump" as he eyes a return, but he is yet to take swings with a bat in his hands since he suffered the injury, per Harvey.Last season's American League Rookie of the Year was slashing .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 99 games before the injury. The batting average would be a career-best mark if it continued, but he is now well behind the 52-homer pace he set in 2017.The Yankees have treaded water without him in August at just 7-8 and now barely have the Red Sox in their sights entering the stretch run.New York still has power with Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius Blaine Boyer Jersey , but it is missing plenty of punch without Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury.The Bronx Bombers are likely not going to catch Boston this season but are still 3.5 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics and six games clear of the Seattle Mariners in the race for the American League wild-card positions.All signs point toward their playing in that pressure-packed single-elimination game, and they would surely love to have Judge anchor the middle of the lineup after he garnered his first October experience last year.

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