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Yankees-Rangers Preview
July 30, 2015, 2:20 am

The Texas Rangers won the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, but they might not be done dealing.

Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to make what could be his last start for the Rangers Thursday night against the visiting New York Yankees.

Texas acquired Hamels, along with fellow pitcher Jake Diekman and cash considerations, from Philadelphia on Wednesday in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects, highlighted by catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitcher Jake Thompson.

Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, ranks fourth among active pitchers with a 3.30 career ERA and comes off a 13-strikeout, no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

"He's definitely a great pitcher," first baseman Mitch Moreland said after Texas' 5-2 win over New York on Wednesday. "Obviously watched the no-hitter the other day, pretty impressive. He's got a long track record of great success. It will be huge for us."

While the Rangers (48-52) have an arduous road to a playoff berth this season - they're only four games out of a playoff spot, but are looking up at seven teams in the wild-card standings - Hamels helps them contend for the foreseeable future. He's signed through 2018 with a team option for 2019.

Gallardo (7-9, 3.19 ERA), on the other hand, is a free agent after this season. With the right-hander posting the lowest ERA of his career, it makes sense for Texas to send him elsewhere before Friday's deadline.

He's been roughed up recently though, giving up five earned runs while throwing only four-plus innings in each of his last two starts, and he's 0-3 in his last five.

Texas snapped a three-game skid Wednesday with just its second victory in the last 14 home games, bouncing back from Tuesday's 21-5 loss.

"I feel like (Tuesday) was kind of weird, just overall a weird game," said Colby Lewis, who recorded his 11th win. "Feel like this is a team, we don't really worry about what happened last night."

It marked just the second time in seven games the Yankees (57-43) scored fewer than six runs. They're averaging 5.7 runs while going an AL-best 13-4 since July 8.

RBI leader Mark Teixeira didn't play after taking a pitch on the foot Tuesday, though manager Joe Girardi said it was a planned day off.

Scheduled starter Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.97) has been erratic over his last eight outings, going 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA. In that span he has four quality starts in which he's limited teams to four earned runs over 28 1-3 innings. In the other four, he's given up 22 in 19 1-3.

If the pattern continues, he's in for a better performance. He gave up five runs over 5 2-3 innings of a 10-1 loss at Minnesota on Friday.

"I want to pitch good and help my team," he said. "I don't have control for this situation, so I keep in my head continue working hard and go back to pitching good and help my team."

The right-hander has had a tough time in four starts against Texas, however, posting an 0-3 record with a 5.04 ERA. He gave up seven runs - four earned - over six innings of a 10-9 loss on May 22, surrendering home runs to Prince Fielder and Moreland.

Adrian Beltre is just 1 for 9 off Pineda, while Moreland is 4 for 9 with two homers, a double and a triple.

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