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CWS@BAL: Jimenez fans six over 6 1/3 innings of work

A pair of struggling pitchers will share the rubber Monday when the Rangers and Orioles begin a four-game set at Camden Yards. Both Ubaldo Jimenez and Joe Saunders will look to keep their walk rates in check.

Jimenez will get the ball for the O's in his 17th start of the year. He's 2-8 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.557 WHIP. In June, the righty has allowed 22 walks to 18 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting .250/.395/.467 against him.

His 1.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season is a career low, and on June 20, Jimenez allowed just one earned run, but his six walks stood out to manager Buck Showalter.

"I could look at the finished product and say one thing, but the six walks -- I thought he and we were very fortunate to survive those tonight," said Showalter, whose team lost that game to the Yankees, 5-3. "I think more times than not, the baseball Gods will get you on that one."

Saunders is still looking for his first win of the season. He's posted a 5.19 ERA over seven starts, walking 18 while striking out just 20.

The lefty hasn't thrown more than six innings in 2014 and in three of his starts, he has pitched fewer than five. In his last start, Saunders allowed three runs in the first inning against the Tigers, and the Rangers eventually fell, 8-6.

"I pride myself on trying to get out there to a good start," Saunders said. "But tonight was just one of those things where you try to minimize the damage the best you can, show up as many innings as you can, and keep the game as close as you can, really. That's what you've got to focus on."

Orioles: Showalter working out week's rotation
The Orioles haven't announced a Tuesday starter, but the rest of this week's rotation has begun to take shape.

Showalter said Chris Tillman will start Wednesday and he's leaning toward sending out Wei-Yin Chen Thursday against the Rangers. Bud Norris would have started Tuesday, but he went on the disabled list Friday with a strained right groin.

Kevin Gausman, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, could start Tuesday on short rest because his 10-day Minor League assignment will be up, but that doesn't appear to be likely. It's possible Baltimore will use a spot starter Tuesday, instead.

Gausman was the fourth overall pick in 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He's started five games for the Orioles this season and 11 for Triple-A Norfolk.

Rangers: Saturday shutout a historic mark
The Rangers entered Sunday with 37 wins and six games below .500, but they've still turned in some dominant beginning-to-end performances in 2014.

Texas leads the American League with 14 shutouts, already sixth-most in franchise history. Toronto is next in the AL with 10 and the Cardinals lead baseball with 15.

The Rangers, though, are the first American League team with at least 14 shutouts through 80 games since the 1968 Indians.

Worth noting
• Rangers catcher Geovany Soto caught Nick Tepesch's bullpen session on Sunday and planned to catch relievers warming up. Soto has been out since the end of Spring Training with a knee injury.

• Six teams, including the Orioles, entered Sunday with a winning record while playing sub-.500 baseball at home. After a loss to the Rays in the series finale, Baltimore is 42-39 overall, but just 19-21 at home.

• The Rangers are 13-9 against the Orioles since the start of 2011. Texas has won seven of its last 10 games at Camden Yards. Comments