Trades are talk of Rangers' clubhouse
Texas (54-42) vs. Detroit (52-44), 7:05 p.m. CT
KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers are less than a week from the Trade Deadline. It is a popular topic of conversation in the Rangers clubhouse and on the minds of many of the players.
"As long as Roy Halladay is out there and Cliff Lee too, then it is definitely on our minds," outfielder Marlon Byrd said.The Rangers, with the fourth best record in the American League and the sixth best record in baseball, are in the playoff hunt, although they still trail the Angels in the American League West and the Red Sox in the Wild Card chase. They are openly hoping something will get done before the deadline of 3 p.m. CT on Friday. "I think I can speak for every player in this clubhouse, we're hoping to get better any way we possibly can," third baseman Michael Young said. "Whether that's improving what we have here, or guys just playing better or bringing guys in from the outside. "My wish list is do whatever you can to make us the team to beat in the last two months. But you have to remember I'm a player, I'm not a member of the front office. My thoughts are completely centered around 2009 and not beyond that." Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has made it clear that he is looking at every possible way to improve the club. The Rangers' No. 1 priority is starting pitching, but they are also open to upgrading an offense that is 12th in the American League in hitting. They have talked about the bullpen, but that seems to be low on the priority list. The Rangers are talking to the Blue Jays about Halladay and they have asked the Indians about Lee. The Rangers have a deep and attractive farm system but financial considerations may make any deal tough. The Rangers are unlikely to take on a significant salary in any deal. The Rangers know they have a good team that is at least a contender. But they are hoping for more. "A bunch of us were talking about it [Saturday] night," Young said. "We feel like we have a good club. We also look at it as we have the sixth best record in baseball and the five teams in front of us are all supposedly in some massive deal. Everybody is trying to improve themselves." The Rangers hope they are included in that before the Deadline process. "We're hoping for something," Byrd said. "If not, we'll go with what we have. It is what it is. Hopefully we'll get something that will help us out. "But, at the same time, if the Angels go out and get another piece as well as getting Torii Hunter back, and Vlad Guerrero and Juan Rivera, that will make them better. Those are likely trades for them. It would be nice if we could get a No. 1 or No. 2 starter to help our rotation. If not, we'll play the hand that's dealt us." Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Tommy Hunter (2-1, 2.17 ERA)
Hunter pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on Tuesday against the Red Sox for his second Major League win. It was his third quality start of the season. He has gone 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last four starts to lower his ERA to 2.17 from 5.06. Hunter retired 10 consecutive batters from the second out of the third inning to the second out of the sixth. This is his debut against the Tigers. In his career at home, Hunter has a 5.01 ERA with a 2-2 record, but a 2.74 ERA with a 2-1 record at home this season. DET: RHP Armando Galarraga (5-8, 4.82 ERA)
Galarraga is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts. Prior to that, he was 0-7 with a 7.48 ERA after winning three of his first four starts to begin the season. He is 2-4 with a 5.24 ERA in eight starts on the road this season. Left-handed hitters are batting .306 off him while right-handed hitters are batting .242. Opponents are hitting .308 off him with runners in scoring position. He is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Rangers since they traded him to Detroit before the 2008 season. Tidbits
The Rangers are 0-6 against the Tigers in 2009 -- all in Detroit -- and have lost seven straight to them going back to last season. They have had three eight-game losing streaks against them in the past. ... The club record for losses against one opponent is 10 straight against the Brewers. ... Michael Young had three hits on Saturday night. He has 137 three-hit games in his career, second most in Rangers history. Ivan Rodriguez had 146. ... Since the beginning of the 2002 season, Young has 131 three-hit games, second most in the Major Leagues. Ichiro Suzuki has 167. ... Second baseman Ian Kinsler had a 16-game errorless streak snapped with a fumble on Sunday. He had also made just one error in his previous 38 games. Tickets
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.