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Rangers may miss pair of aces in Tigers series

OAKLAND -- The Rangers could miss the Tigers' two marquee pitchers during a three-game series that starts next Tuesday in Arlington. As of right now, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer aren't scheduled to pitch against the Rangers.

Verlander is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Indians and Scherzer is scheduled to pitch Sunday. That would leave the Rangers to face left-hander Drew Smyly and right-handers Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello in the Tigers series.

The Rangers are scheduled to face left-hander Hector Santiago and right-handers Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker in Anaheim. The Rangers rotation calls for Joe Saunders, Nick Martinez and Yu Darvish. That means the Rangers are going to push Darvish ahead of Colby Lewis, who pitched Monday night against the Athletics but won't start again until Tuesday in the series opener against the Tigers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.
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