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Rangers-Yankees preview

NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers have 50 wins in their sight, and there's a good possibility they will reach that number sometime this week.

Monday will be the first opportunity for Texas to become the first team in the majors to reach 50 wins when it opens a four-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Should Texas get at least one more win, it will have 50 wins before the end of June for the second time in franchise history. The Rangers also did it 2012.

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Texas has won 18 of 24 games this month to get to 49-27. Since getting swept in Oakland May 16-18 to fall to 22-19, the Rangers are 27-8.

The latest successful day was a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Nomar Mazara, Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor had RBI singles before Boston's Clay Buchholz recorded an out while Prince Fielder homered and Shin-Soo Choo had three hits.

"We're just going to try and keep doing what we're doing," Odor said. "Just keep playing hard, doing everything we can and win these games."

The Yankees will be trying to do everything they can to get a winning record.

New York has never been more than two games over .500 and that was back on April 12. A six-game winning streak last month got the Yankees to .500 on May 24, but they have gone over twice and each time they have fallen back to .500, where they have resided six times.

"We'll try to win (Monday night's game) and not worry about what's going to happen at the end of this month or the end of next month or later in the season," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "And if we do that, and start playing better then maybe we can make a run."

New York finished a supposedly soft stretch of 11 games against the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins by winning six times. The stretch ended with Sunday's 7-1 loss to Minnesota when the first 17 hitters were retired by Tyler Duffey.

Aaron Hicks' double and Teixeira's first home run in 147 at-bats were the only hits for the Yankees, who are 12-19 against teams with winning records.

"We need to make up ground, and no matter who we're playing we need to win series and you win a series here," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "It's frustrating because we had a situation where we won three in a row there, we weren't able to win the fourth. You win two in a row, you're not able to win the third and like I said the teams in front of us are playing well."

Texas has three starting pitchers on the disabled list, although Yu Darvish said he felt fine after Sunday's bullpen session and Derek Holland will begin a throwing program this week.

The Rangers will be using their ninth starting pitcher of the season when Chi-Chi Gonzalez gets recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and makes his season debut.

Last year he was 4-6 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 appearances, including 10 starts. In those starts, he was 3-5 with a 4.03 ERA and in his final game as a starting pitcher in 2015, Gonzalez allowed one earned run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-4 win over Oakland on Sept. 13.

With Round Rock, Gonzalez is 3-6 with a 5.04 ERA in 14 games and was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday in advance of his promotion.

Over his last seven starts since May 19, he is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and his ERA has decreased from 6.63.

"I'm excited I get to pitch in New York against the Yankees," Gonzalez said. "Half those guys I watched when I was little. I made my debut against Boston and this is like making another debut. It's exciting. I'm excited to join this winning team."

New York saw Nathan Eovaldi allow a career high four home runs in six innings Sunday and hope Ivan Nova does not start throwing batting practice.

Nova's performances have declined since entering the rotation last month due to CC Sabathia's groin injury.

His ERA is at 5.18 after he allowed six runs (five earned) and four hits in four-plus innings during Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Over his last six starts, he has a 6.88 ERA.

Texas took two of three from New York in late-April. Last year, the Rangers scored 30 runs during a three-game sweep in New York May 22-24.