Texas Rangers (32-33) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-39)
Kevin Millwood (4-3, 4.65 ERA) vs. Gil Meche (3-8, 5.42 ERA)
7:10 PM CST in Kansas City, Missouri (Kauffman Stadium)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM, XM 180
|2B||Ian Kinsler||LF||David DeJesus|
|SS||Michael Young||2B||Mark Grudzielanek|
|CF||Josh Hamilton||3B||Alex Gordon|
|RF||Milton Bradley||RF||Jose Guillen|
|LF||David Murphy||1B||Mark Teahen|
|C||Gerald Laird||DH||Miguel Olivo|
|1B||Frank Catalanotto||C||John Buck|
|DH||Brandon Boggs||SS||Mike Aviles|
|3B||Ramon Vazquez||CF||Joey Gathright|
Notes: Richard Durrett of the Dallas Morning News offers the following progress report on first baseman Hank Blalock, who continues to recuperate from surgery to alleviate symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his right hand:
It's the first time since carpal tunnel surgery that Blalock has thrown to second. He said he's past the point of infection with the incision in his hand (as part of the surgery). He doesn't want it to open up and that's why the doctors want Blalock to wait until Friday to start hitting.
He said he could go on a rehab assignment next week if all goes well swinging the bat this weekend. He worked on footwork and making throws to second off various ground balls (backhanders, regular grounders, grounders close to the bag, etc.).