ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are going back-to-back with rookie starters for a third straight turn.
But for the first time, Justin Grimm will follow Nick Tepesch after a loss. It will be a little different situation for Grimm after his fellow rookie teammate allowed two home runs in the seventh inning in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Grimm, who has been undaunted by replacing injured Matt Harrison in the rotation, said Wednesday that whatever the circumstance, he has to depend on himself first.
"The name of the game is trusting my stuff," Grimm said. "It's not just the stuff, it's just a mindset. It's not trying for the strikeout or trying to do too much, but just trusting my stuff out there."
Grimm is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts since joining the rotation. The Rangers have won all three games. He didn't walk anyone in seven innings at Minnesota last Friday.
Grimm has been at his best when he has been in high pressure situations. Opponents are 1-for-19 against him with runners in scoring position.
Pierzynski expects to play: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had his right elbow wrapped after getting hit by a pitch in a pinch-hit at-bat in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, said he will play Thursday against his former team. Pierzynski has been out with a sore oblique. It will be interesting to see how Pierzynski and the White Sox handle things after closer Addison Reed came inside and hit him on the elbow. Pierzynski yelled out at the mound but said after the game that he didn't think Reed's intent was to hit him.
Kinsler streaking: Ian Kinsler will take a seven-game hitting streak into Thursday night. Kinsler has five multi-hit games in the last six games and is batting .452 (14-for-31) during that stretch. The Rangers' second baseman is driving the ball, just missing a grand slam over the 14-foot wall in left field in the second inning Wednesday.