Mike Scioscia

LEADING OFF: Hammel vs deGrom, Rangers need relief

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Two of the NL's ERA leaders square off when the Cubs' Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58) faces the Mets' Jacob deGrom (3-4, 2.67). Hammel has lost three of his past four starts despite a 3.70 ERA, including a hard-luck 6-1 loss to Miami last time out in which Hammel allowed two runs in six innings. Luck hasn't been on deGrom's side, either. The right-hander hasn't won since April 30, and New York lost 1-0 to Julio Teheran and the Braves in his last start.


After losing two straight to the Yankees on game-ending plays in the ninth inning, the Rangers and their struggling bullpen...