The Orioles are 3-4 against the Rangers this season, winning a series on the road and dropping a four-game set at home earlier in the year. Baltimore will get to set up its pitching in ideal fashion, starting the Rangers with prized rookies Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz and finishing them off with veteran Jeremy Guthrie.
Baltimore is now 14-32 since the All-Star break and rests a season-worst 26 games below .500. The Orioles will face Boston, New York, Tampa Bay and Boston again after the Texas series, a buzzsaw of a slate that will take them right into late September.
That's why, in one veteran's mind, it's hard to get too down over a 10-game skid against any given team.
"It's more frustrating when you're 30 games behind," said Melvin Mora. "We can get beat by Cleveland 10 times, but when you look at the newspaper and you see you're 30 games behind, it's just not a good feeling."
BAL: RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24 ERA)
Tillman, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, has one victory and four no-decisions in his first seven big league starts. However, the rookie is slowly showing that he's getting acclimated to his new surroundings -- in each of his past four starts, he's allowed one fewer earned run, capping off the impressive string by surrendering only one run in a rain-shortened five-inning outing against the Indians on Saturday.
TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (14-4, 3.72 ERA)
Feldman will be going for his sixth straight victory. He was 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA in six starts in August. He is also going for his seventh consecutive victory on the road. He is 10-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 13 games, including 12 starts, on the road this season. Only two other Rangers pitchers have won 11 games on the road in a single season. Feldman is 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA in six games, including two starts, against the Orioles in his career.
The Orioles have been outscored, 70-30, over the life of their skid against New York. The last time they lost as many as 10 straight to the Yankees was all the way back in 1955. ... Baltimore used eight pitchers in Wednesday night's loss, setting a season high. ... Two Orioles prospects -- Brandon Waring and Zach Britton of Class A Frederick -- were named the Carolina League's Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. ... The Orioles are 37-31 when they score first but have lost two straight games under those circumstances. They are 17-49 when their opponent draws first blood. ... The Orioles are 48-32 when they score four or more runs and 6-48 when they score fewer than four. ... Baltimore is 7-59 when it is outhit by its opponents and 43-13 when it has more hits.
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Saturday: Orioles (Brian Matusz, 3-2, 5.28) vs. Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 10-8, 3.61), 4:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 9-13, 5.18) vs. Rangers (Derek Holland, 7-9, 5.63), 1:35 p.m. ET