BY RYAN ABER
Some pregame thoughts as the tarp at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark gets staked down an hour before the scheduled start of today’s 5:05 doubleheader against Nashville:
-Magic number: 6 (Could be a big moving day in the division, though, as both the RedHawks and Albuquerque have doubleheaders today).
-This will be the sixth doubleheader for the RedHawks this season. They’ve been swept in three doubleheaders (May 17 against Fresno, July 20 at Iowa and July 24 at Memphis) and swept two of them (June 16 against New Orleans and July 7 vs. Nashville). The Sounds are playing their seventh doubleheader of the year. Nashville is 5-7 in doubleheaders this season, splitting three, getting swept twice and sweeping one.
-Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman are in the lineup for the opener for the RedHawks. Kinsler is at second base, while Guzman is at short.
Kinsler has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a left groin strain. He’s hitting .298 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 76 games for the Rangers this year after starting the season on the disabled list.
Guzman has been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a right quadriceps strain. He hit just .088 in 10 games at second for the Rangers after being acquired in a July 31 trade from Washington.
Kinsler played three games for Frisco in the last few days, going 2 for 10 with a triple.
Their presence in the lineup tonight once again gives the RedHawks a lineup where all 10 starters have major league experience.
-Dustin Nippert will start tomorrow for the RedHawks. He’ll get three innings or 45 pitches.
-Tomorrow is also the day rosters expand in the majors, although few RedHawks figure to be called up at least immediately. The Rangers will be getting several players off the disabled list soon and figure to bolster their lineup by holding onto the players already with Texas.
-Brandon Boggs isn’t in the lineup for the opener but it’s hoped he’ll report today.
“It’d be big to get him back,” RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. “We haven’t had a lot of flexibility with the outfielders lately so that’ll help.”
-Max Ramirez is again at DH tonight with Taylor Teagarden catching. Ryan Garko, a night after hitting a triple, gets the first game off.
“I’m good for about one of those a year,” Garko said of his triple.
Both Ramirez and Hernan Iribarren have seven-game hitting streaks entering today’s games.