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Scott Feldman pitches against his former teammates for the second time when the Baltimore Orioles host the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game series on Monday. Feldman pitched for Texas for seven-plus seasons before leaving as a free agent after last season and was acquired by Baltimore from the Chicago Cubs on July 2. The Orioles recorded a dramatic 2-1 victory on Sunday when Adam Jones hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis leads the majors with 33 homers but is just 2-for-17 in five career games against Texas, the franchise with which he began his career. Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis had three hits in Sunday’s victory and has recorded four multihit outings over his last eight games. Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer as the Rangers beat the Houston Astros on Sunday to remain a half-game behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest (Texas), Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Derek Holland (6-4, 3.13 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.43)
Holland has won just one of his last six outings despite giving up two or fewer runs three times during the stretch. He matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in his last outing against Seattle, when he gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. Holland is 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against Baltimore.
Feldman stymied his old club on May 6 when he threw seven innings of two-hit shutout ball while toiling for the Cubs. He went 39-44 with the Rangers, including a career-best 17-8 mark in 2009. Feldman took a no-decision in his Baltimore debut last Wednesday when he gave up two runs and six hits in six innings against the Chicago White Sox.
1. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre is 2-for-19 with a homer against Feldman.
2. Jones is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Holland.
3. Davis has 33 homers and 85 RBIs with 73 games to go. Those are the same numbers he put up for the entire 2012 season.
PREDICTION: Rangers 8, Orioles 7