The Texas Rangers will look to get off to a good start in their road set in Oakland on Tuesday night, and to do that they'll have to beat one of the biggest pieces of Rangers kryptonite going in baseball right now.
Sonny Gray was one eighth-inning single away from a no-hitter on Opening Day against the Rangers in Oakland, and that one hit was off the bat of Ryan Rua, who is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.
Over the course of his career, the young right-hander has owned the Rangers.
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In his eight career starts against Texas, Gray is 6-2 with an ERA of 1.54 with 48 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings of work. The Rangers have hit just .180 against him.
In his outing on Opening Day, Gray got through eight innings and was lifted after giving up the single to Rua. He struck out three and walked on while throwing 98 pitches. Of course, the Rangers offense had an entirely different vibe then than it does now, so they'll have to hope this hot run of offense will carry over against Gray.