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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Texas Rangers (8-1) at Detroit Tigers (3-6)

Probable Pitchers:
Monday April 11, 1:05p: RHP Alexi Ogando (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 3.86)

Lineup Notes:
Tiger's manager Jim Leyland finally gives Austin Jackson that promised day off today, Will Rhymes takes over the leadoff spot and Don Kelly takes over center field.

Rangers: Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Hamilton LF, Beltre 3B, Young DH, Cruz RF, Moreland 1B, Torrealba C, Borbon CF

Tigers: Rhymes 2B, Boesch LF, Ordonez RF, Cabrera 1B, Martinez DH, Kelly CF, Peralta SS, Avila C, Inge 3B

To Fear or Fail:
TEX - Alexi Ogando (0-0, 3.86 ERA, 2K vs. Detroit)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (Has never faced Ogango)
Hitter to Fail: Victor Martinez (0 for 2, 1 K vs. Ogango)

DET - Justin Verlander (6-1, 2.37 ERA, 54 K, 14 BB vs. Texas)
Hitter to Fear: Josh Hamilton (.375, 2 RBI, 2 BB vs. Verlander)
Hitter to Fail: Michael Young (.182, 7 K vs. Verlander)

Analysis:
Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando may be unknown to some, he made his first major league start last Tuesday giving up only 2 hits in 6 innings pitches. The 27 year old has only faced the Tigers 3 times, all relief appearances.
Justin Verlander faces the Rangers for the 9th time in his career where he has compiled an impressive 54 stikeouts. Of those 54, Michael Young has 7 and Adrian Beltre has 6.
Also on a fun note, Miguel Cabrera is sitting at 299 career doubles.