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Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas Attendance: 17,704
Barria gets last-minute nod for Angels at Rangers
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
- The Angels are 7-1 over their last eight games after splitting a pair of games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. As a team, the Angels have a 2.08 bullpen ERA, second lowest in the majors (Giants -- 1.77).
- At 7-7, the Rangers are in last place in the AL West. Texas has been at .500 or better for 13 days this season -- the team was at .500 or better for just one day in 2018.
- Through 14 games this season, Elvis Andrus has 24 hits, tied for the second most by any Ranger through 14 games in a season. The only Ranger with more hits through 14 games in a single season was Josh Hamilton in 2012 (25).
- Trevor Cahill has posted a .198 batting average against at Globe Life Park, third lowest all-time at the park (min. 50 IP). Only Jose Leclerc (.151) and Darren O'Day (.197) have lower opponent averages there.
- Over his last six starts dating back to last season, Shelby Miller is 0-5 with a 10.89 ERA and a .362 opponent batting average. Since last year, 18 different pitchers have made a start for the Rangers, tied with the Angels for most different starting pitchers used in baseball over that time.
- Mike Trout has missed the last three games for Los Angeles with a groin injury. Trout has five home runs this season, with a .406/.592/.938 slash line -- the rest of the Angels have 10 home runs combined, with a .201/.273/.305 slash line.
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Veteran right-hander Matt Harvey was supposed to get the nod for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday against the host Texas Rangers, but he will instead get an extra day's rest and start the series finale one night later.
Starting instead for the Angels in the middle game of the series in Arlington, Texas, will be right-hander Jaime Barria.
The Angels recalled Barria from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday to fill the roster spot of left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Saturday with a grade 1 sprain of the left ankle.
Skaggs sustained the injury Friday with two out in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs, when he landed in a hole on the mound at Wrigley Field. Skaggs left the game, and an MRI revealed a minor sprain.
Also on the move Monday was Los Angeles third baseman Taylor Ward, who was sent down to Salt Lake, while fellow righty John Curtiss was called up along with Barria.
However, it's Barria who will open on the mound Tuesday as he makes his first start of the season. His only other appearance for the Angels this year came in relief against the Milwaukee Brewers last Wednesday, when he got the win after allowing one run on four hits in 2 2/3 innings for a 3.38 ERA.
Barria, in his second season in the majors, was 10-9 with a 3.41 ERA in 26 games (all starts) for the Angels a year ago. He was 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA against the Rangers in five starts, striking out 21 in 24 innings.
While injuries prompted the promotion of Barria, the Angels' lineup received a huge boost Monday when Mike Trout returned from a three-game absence caused by a strained right groin.
The veteran took his swings as the designated hitter, going 0-for-2 with three walks and two runs in Los Angeles' 12-7 loss to the Rangers. He's hoping to be back in center field soon.
"I feel great," Trout said before the game, "but obviously, you can't go out there and be game speed. It just is what it is. Obviously, I got to make sure I'm smart about it. But I don't feel anything right now and feel 100 percent, so I'm happy about that."
Barria goes up against lefty Mike Minor (1-0, 3.86 ERA), the Rangers' top performer so far in an underwhelming rotation full of reclamation projects. Coming off a 12-win season in 28 starts during his first year with Texas, Minor continues his comeback from a torn labrum in 2015. Surgery resulted in him missing the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Texas used him cautiously last season, and he pitched well enough during spring training to get the nod as the club's Opening Day starter. He got pummeled by the Chicago Cubs in that one but rebounded nicely in his past two starts, going seven innings in each and allowing a total of just two runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out 12.
"His expectations coming into this year were to kind of set the tone for the rest of the staff," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said late in spring training. "And when I told him he was the Opening Day guy, he was obviously excited. To be given the opportunity to be the ace, he's not taking that lightly. He's taken on that responsibility of being the No. 1 guy."
Minor is 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings over five career outings (three starts) against the Angels.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 16, 2019