Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday at Rangers

Orioles (40-28) vs. Texas Rangers (45-25)

Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington


First pitch: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14 ERA) vs. Rangers LHP Derek Holland (4-4, 5.14 ERA)

What to watch

1. Road crew. The Orioles brought a travel squad to Texas for tonight's rare one-off with the Rangers. It marks the first time since 1967 that the Orioles have had to play a road game on a day between two home games, and the last one was in Washington, D.C. Despite the odd nature of the trip, can the Orioles win a third straight game in the makeup of the April 17 rainout?

2. Let's try this again. Kevin Gausman takes the mound in Arlington still seeking his first win of the season, and this time he'll be trying to rebound from easily his worst start of the season (six earned runs in three innings in Boston on June 15). Will Gausman get back on track and finally slot one in the win column?

3. Hit parade. After racking up a season-high 19 hits in Sunday's 11-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays -- including four from Matt Wieters and three each from Chris Davis, Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop -- the Orioles are averaging 11 hits over their past five games. Can they keep moving station to station, with a couple big blasts mixed in, against the only American League team with a better record than themselves?

Orioles lineup


CF Adam Jones
RF Joey Rickard
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
C Matt Wieters
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Nolan Reimold
3B Paul Janish