Rangers fans get to see a familiar face return to the mound Monday against the Indians.
Cole Hamels, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since early May, and has not made a start since April 26, has been activated after two minor league rehab starts.
Before heading to the shelf with an oblique strain, Hamels had a 2-0 record with a solid 3.03 ERA. He only had 15 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings, though.
Hamels will face off against Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99 ERA) in his return.
Michael Papierski with another good rip, but that wind blew it dead center. Tigers have to be cursing the wind as they head to the bottom of the second still down 1-0.
Nick Coomes reaches after the ball stays inside the foul line. Tigers with two outs, one on base as Michael Papierski comes to the plate.
Josh Smith gets a good rip on the ball, but Austin Langworthy fields it perfectly in left center. It’s worth noting the wind is blowing heavily mph toward home plate right now.
Why he’s here: No surprises with the top spot. Judge has dominated headlines all season, and deservedly so. In fact, he’s been so very good that it’s easy to forget how much he struggled in his first taste of the bigs last year — he hit just .179 and struck out in exactly half of his at-bats (42 times in 84 ABs). He’s not going to wind up winning the Triple Crown, but the fact we’re nearing the end of June and he’s top five in all three categories speaks to his production this season.