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TEX@HOU: Lewis fans eight over 5 2/3 scoreless

When the Marlins visit the Rangers on Tuesday at Globe Life Park, the starting pitchers will get their first look at their respective opponent.

Miami is visiting Arlington for the first time since 2011, and the teams are meeting for just their sixth series in the last 12 years. Giancarlo Stanton is the lone Marlins position player from that 2011 set vs. the Rangers.

Colby Lewis will take the mound for Texas, hoping to right the ship for a team that allowed the Indians 17 runs in seven innings Monday night.

In his last start, the Orioles touched him up for five runs in five innings. He has a 1-2 record and 6.85 ERA in his last four starts. Since the beginning of May, opponents have scored 26 earned runs off the righty.

But Lewis has the chance to turn it around in Interleague Play. He is 8-5 with a 3.51 ERA in his last 14 starts against National League opponents, although he was hit hard by the Nationals and Rockies in May.

Lewis' fortunes will take a turn for the better if he's able to keep right-handed hitters off-balance.

Teams are batting .338 off the righty, and the Marlins have three players who thrive against right-handed pitching. Garrett Jones might be the most dangerous of them all, as the lefty is hitting .300/.358/.535 with 14 doubles, eight homers and 24 RBIs against right-handers.

But there's also a threat in Casey McGehee, who's driven in 30 runs and is batting .330 off righties in spite of being a righty himself.

The Marlins will send Tom Koehler to the hill in Arlington. The right-hander has a 2-3 record with a 4.09 ERA on the road. He's coming off a win on Thursday against the Rays in which he allowed three runs and back-to-back homers in five innings.

Command tends to be an issue for Koehler, but his competitiveness isn't.

Koehler has been a big contributor to the rotation. In 12 starts, he's 5-5 and has posted a 3.33 ERA in 73 innings. He's held batters to a .226 average.

"The stuff is there," manager Mike Redmond said. "We've talked about it a lot, the consistency of those young guys keeping the ball down in the zone. Sometimes he gets up in the zone a little bit and he has some walks. Sometimes he will have a two-out walk, where it's not even close. But that's part of his development. He knows what he's got to do.

"At the same time, he's capable of shutting the other guys down for seven innings and give you a great chance to win. I think he's done a great job going from last year to this point."

Rangers: Considering lineup options
Shin-Soo Choo, who's hit in the three spot for three straight games, will continue to hit there. Manager Ron Washington said he doesn't have another option for the slot now that Mitch Moreland is out for at least one month, depending on which course of action he chooses to take with his ankle.

Although Choo has only two hits in his last 32 at-bats, his career numbers show some promise in the middle of the order. In 279 games before Monday, Choo owned a .280 average in the third spot.

The leadoff spot poses more of a challenge. Washington said he will mix and match until a player settles in -- but it will be hard, given that he described options Leonys Martin (who averages 3.62 pitches per plate appearance) and Rougned Odor as slashers.

"I'll just work it, that's all I can do," Washington said. "Maybe Martin might be able to be a leadoff hitter at some point in his career. Right now, he's a slasher. He can go up there and have four at-bats, and see five pitches. Odor is a slasher. [Luis] Sardinas, he takes pitches. You may see him up there. But until then, it'll just be whatever option I think can do the job for me that day."

Marlins: Texas a tough place to play
During his playing days with the Twins and Indians, Redmond recalls high-scoring affairs at Texas.

The Marlins open a two-game Interleague series at the Rangers' hitter-friendly park. The home team has allowed 29 homers and 446 total bases.

"It's always an adventure there," Redmond said. "Catching-wise, it was always a tough place to play, because there were always so many runs. I don't know that I'd ever played a low-scoring game there. I've played in some close games there, but they've always been high scoring. I don't remember too many 2-1 games there."

Worth noting
• Jeff Baker, a utility player for Miami, was with Texas last year. The last two series have been a homecoming of sorts for Baker, who over the weekend hooked up with old friends and former teammates with the Cubs during the series at Wrigley Field.

• Redmond is considering using Stanton as a designated hitter in one of the two games at Texas. Recent callup Justin Bour is another option to DH. Comments