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L.A. Angels at Texas Rangers

The Rangers are favored in this game over the Angles and tonight they have their newly acquired Ace Cliff Lee on the mound.

L.A. Angels (51-46) at Texas Rangers (55-40)

Bovada has the Rangers money line at -160 with the Angels at +150 and a run total of 7.5.

Tonight’s game is the first one of a four-game series and it is a very important one, as the Rangers are in first place in the AL West five games ahead of the second place Angels. Both teams are coming off a loss and both are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

This season the Rangers are 31-19 at home and the Rangers are 24-25 on the road.

In their last games the Angels lost to the New York Yankees 10-6 yesterday and the Rangers lost to the Detroit Tigers 4-1 also yesterday.

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The Angels are swinging a hot bat as a team hitting .329 while averaging 5.8 runs over their last six games.

The Angels have only won three of their last 11 games at Texas.

Cliff Lee (8-4 2.59 ERA) is making his third start for the Rangers since coming over from Seattle and in his last outing he was solid going nine innings and only giving up two earned runs, but got little run support and took a no-decision. Jared Weaver (9-5 3.16 ERA) is on the hill for the Angels and in his last start he went seven innings and gave up two earned runs in a win.

The Angels have not won in their last six games at Texas when Weaver makes the start. In those six games Weaver has struggled with an ERA of 6.17.

Lee has won four straight starts against the Angels, posting a 1.91 ERA, and he is 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA in nine career starts against them.

Ex-Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero (.316 20 HR 76 RBI) has killed his old team this season batting .526 with four HR’s and nine RBI’s in five games against them this season.

L.A. is 1-5 in Weaver’s last six road starts against teams with a winning record.

L.A is 4-1 in their last five games, but 2-7 in their last nine road games.

Texas is 5-1 in their last 6 games, but is 0-4 in their last four home games.