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BOTTOM LINE: Texas and Minnesota will square off on Thursday.
The Rangers are 35-22 on their home turf. Texas hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .319 this season, led by Shin-Soo Choo with a mark of .368.
The Twins are 36-22 on the road. Minnesota has slugged .498, the highest in the American League. Max Kepler leads the club with a .536 slugging percentage, including 59 extra-base hits and 32 home runs.
Kepler leads the Twins with 32 home runs home runs and is slugging .536. Eddie Rosario is 13-for-42 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-6, .187 batting average, 4.47 ERA, outscored by 15 runs
Twins: 4-6, .254 batting average, 5.20 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Jeffrey Springs: 60-day IL (biceps), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 60-day IL (forearm), Taylor Hearn: 60-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Jesse Chavez: 10-day IL (elbow), Jesse Biddle: 60-day IL (shoulder), Joey Gallo: 10-day IL (wrist).
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