ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers return right-hander Alexi Ogando from the disabled list to face New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest, MLB Network and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Ogando (4-2, 2.93): Ogando pitches for the first time since June 5 in Boston; he landed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with right-shoulder inflammation ... Ogando allowed a run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings in a game the Rangers ultimately lost 3-1 ... It was Ogando's first start since spending the previous month on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis ... Overall, Ogando has made 11 starts, and when he's been able to pitch, he's been good; opponents are batting .227 against him ... Ogando's one negative stat is that he has 43 strikeouts to 22 walks as he's struggled to keep his fastball velocity up ... He was at 94-95 mph in his recent rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday ... He threw 80 pitches and allowed two runs in seven innings ... Ogando has pitched seven or more innings just once in 10 starts (on April 24 at the Angels).
Hughes (4-9, 4.57): Hughes' big hiccup this season has been the home run ball; he has allowed 18 home runs in 102 1/3 innings ... Hughes allowed four runs in 7 1/3 innings in his previous start July 13 against Minnesota ... He matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts but allowed three home runs to the Twins ... Hughes has pitched his best this season on the road: 3-2 record, 3.38 ERA and six home runs in 48 innings (he doubled his road HR total in Minnesota) ... Hughes has struggled against lefties, allowing a .293 batting average and 12 home runs in 225 at-bats ... Hughes was a hard-luck loser in New York on June 27 when he was outdueled by Rangers starter Derek Holland ... Hughes allowed two runs in eight innings, including a home run to Jurickson Profar in a 2-0 loss ... Hughes has pitched well against the Rangers with a 2-2 record and a 2.08 ERA ... He is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Hitters: Current Rangers are batting .173 with two home runs against Hughes, the other by Adrian Beltre, who is 3-for-18 lifetime against Hughes. The Yankees' best hitters against Ogando are hurt. Eduardo Nunez is 2-for-2 against him with an RBI.