Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/25/12
Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman hasn't received much support lately. That's somewhat hard to believe considering how the two-time reigning AL champions have been hitting the ball. Feldman will try to avoid a fourth consecutive losing start Sunday when Texas goes for a fifth straight victory overall and its first four-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins in 25 years. Feldman (6-9, 4.77 ERA) hasn't been particularly effective during his personal skid with 12 runs allowed over his last three starts, but the Rangers (75-51) haven't given him much room for error, supporting him with a total of five runs -- and only one in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Baltimore. That contest was the only defeat in the last eight games for Texas, which is batting .373 and averaging 9.8 runs during its 4-0 surge. Led by Ian Kinsler's three-hit effort, which included a leadoff homer and a bases-clearing triple, the Rangers pounded out 14 hits in Saturday's 9-3 victory to improve to 8-1 against the Twins (51-75) this season. "We're swinging the bat pretty well," said first baseman Mitch Moreland, who contributed a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to eight. "One through nine, there are no breaks." That doesn't bode well for Sunday's starter Cole De Vries (2-5, 4.89 ERA), who will get the ball as Minnesota tries to finish a 10-game trip with two wins. If that doesn't happen, the Twins will get swept in a four-game set in Arlington for the first time since June 26-28, 1987, seven seasons before the current Rangers Ballpark opened. The Twins have struck out 42 times and totaled 11 runs during a five-game skid, and have scored a total of two runs for De Vries in his last three outings -- all losses. The rookie right-hander threw 5-23 innings of two-run ball in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Oakland, leaving after throwing a career-high 112 pitches. "I think overall it was a pretty good outing," De Vries told the Twins' official website. "I was a little disappointed with myself in the first couple of innings because I was trying to be too fine. That allowed me to get into too many deep counts and throw too many pitches." Possibly the best start of De Vries' brief career came at Texas on July 8, when he limited the powerful Rangers to three hits in seven scoreless innings but the Twins went on to lose 4-3 in 12. Feldman, who worked two innings of scoreless relief in that contest to earn the victory, is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA in four starts versus Minnesota, with the last coming in 2009. Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 4 for 4 on Saturday - including the club's first homer in eight days -- to lift his batting average to .346 (9 for 26) in six games in Arlington this season. Josh Willingham, the Twins' leader with 31 homers and 91 RBIs, is 1 for 16 at Texas in 2012 after going 0 for 4 on Saturday following a two-game absence with a stiff neck. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre also went 0 for 4 -- the only Ranger without a hit -- but he's still batting .436 (17 for 39) off Twins pitching this season. He went 0 for 2 with a walk against De Vries last month.
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