It's easy to see why Texas began last night tied with the Boston Red Sox for the highest batting average in the American League at .279. Second baseman Ian Kinsler was third in the league with a .323 average, and outfielder Milton Bradley was sixth at .320. Kinsler also led the league in hits with 114, runs with 74 and total bases with 188, and ranked third in doubles with 27, tied for third in triples with four and was third in stolen bases with 23. Outfielder Josh Hamilton led the league in RBIs with 82 and was tied for second in home runs with 19. On the flip side, the Rangers had the highest team ERA at 4.91. Little has changed in Arlington. Shortstop Michael Young is day-to-day with a mild strain of his left groin. Texas just took two of three games from the New York Yankees in the Bronx. They took two of three from the Orioles in April, with Brian Burres collecting the only win for his team. They've won the season series against the Orioles the past three years. The last time the Rangers were here, they posted a historic 30-3 win.
ROCH KUBATKOThe Baltimore Sun