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BAL@CWS: Feldman goes six strong in Orioles debut

Rangers hitters will see a familiar face on the mound when they step to the plate Monday in the first of a four-game set at Camden Yards. Former Texas starter Scott Feldman will toe the rubber for the Orioles, making his second start since he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs.

Feldman, of course, spent most of his big league career with the Rangers. The right-hander debuted with the club in 2005 and pitched parts of eight seasons with the Rangers before signing as a free agent with the Cubs last offseason.

The Orioles traded for Feldman to help stabilize an inconsistent starting rotation, sending pitchers Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slot money to the Cubs.

The 30-year-old has made one start in an Orioles' uniform, a road win over the White Sox in which he allowed two runs in six innings, with six strikeouts and no walks. Feldman did not factor in the decision.

Monday will be Feldman's first home start at Camden Yards as a member of the Orioles, and his second start against the Rangers this season. He earned a win over Texas with seven shutout innings at Wrigley Field on May 6.

For the Rangers, Monday marks the start of an important road trip leading into the All-Star break.

Coming off a series win over the Astros, Texas will play four games at Camden Yards and then take on Detroit for three before the break.

Derek Holland will start Monday for the Rangers, and he'll hope for similar results to his most recent road start. He threw a shutout at Yankees Stadium on June 27 and is now 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA on the road this season.

The lefty is 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in five games (four starts) in his career versus the Orioles.

Monday will be the Rangers' first time facing the Orioles since last year's American League Wild Card game, which Baltimore won, 5-1. Holland threw an inning of relief in that game.

Texas is 10-2 against the Orioles in the past two seasons and 5-2 at Camden Yards during that stretch.

Orioles: Chen to return this week
Wei-Yin Chen is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start a game during the series for the Orioles. The specific day of his return is not yet known.

Chen, recovering from a strained right oblique, threw a 43-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said Sunday that he felt healthy.

The lefty last pitched in a game on May 12 in Minnesota, when he was removed after feeling discomfort in his side.

Chen made two rehab outings for Double-A Bowie, in which he went 1-0 with four earned runs allowed in 12 innings. All four runs came in the fourth inning in his first start back, and he had eight strikeouts against two walks.

Rangers: Flurry of moves alters roster
The Rangers made four roster moves on Sunday, resulting in a short bench and a little deeper bullpen.

Texas reinstated Joakim Soria from the 60-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Cory Burns from Triple-A Round Rock. Soria pitched a clean sixth inning Sunday in his first outing since recovering from Tommy John surgery last April.

The Rangers also placed two players on the 15-day disabled list in corresponding moves: Nick Tepesch, with right elbow inflammation, and Lance Berkman with left hip inflammation.

Tepesch was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Orioles, but will likely be replaced in the rotation by either Ross Wolf or Josh Lindblom.

Worth noting
• The Rangers own the AL's best road record at 24-18 and have won six of their past seven road games.

• Among Orioles hitters, Nick Markakis has enjoyed the most success in his career against Holland. Markakis is 4-for-11 (.364) lifetime, and is the only member of the Orioles with more than 10 at-bats against Holland.

• The only two Rangers hitters with more than three at-bats against Feldman are Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski. Beltre is 2-for-19 (.105) in his career and Pierzynski is 3-for-18 (.167) lifetime against Feldman. Comments