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Juremi Profar and his Frisco RoughRiders teammates will face the Tulsa Drillers for the first time this season on Tuesday. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Tuesday

What: Texas League baseball, Tulsa vs. Frisco RoughRiders

Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco, Texas

When: 7:05 p.m.

Radio: KTBZ am1430

Probable pitchers: Tulsa, LHP Victor Gonzalez (1-1, 3.72 ERA); Frisco, RHP Edgar Arredondo (5-2, 4.83)

Season series: First meeting

Next home game: 7:05 p.m. June 17 vs. Frisco (Mega Money Monday)

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What’s at stake: Both Tulsa (32-30) and Frisco (32-31) enter Tuesday’s series opener with four-game losing streaks. Frisco has a half-game lead over Midland and Corpus Christi, and one game over Amarillo in the South Division with seven left in the first half. Tulsa has a better record than Frisco despite already being eliminated in the North first-half race. The seven remaining first-half games still have some meaning for the Drillers because they could be a factor in a wild card race at the end of the season.

Change of scenery: Tulsa will face Frisco and Amarillo for the first time this season on the six-game road trip that starts Tuesday. It will be a change of pace for the Drillers after having faced Arkansas in 26 of their first 62 games.

“I think it’s come to a point in the schedule where they’re tired of playing us and we’re tired of playing them,” Drillers manager Scott Hennessey said. “It’s almost three months into the season and we haven’t played everybody, that’s very rare. So it’s going to be refreshing with new venues and new scenery.”

Roster move: Veteran pitcher Justin De Fratus returned to the Drillers from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. De Fratus is a combined 3-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 games for Tulsa and OKC.

Attendance comparison (30 dates): 2019: 176,596; 2018: 156,896.


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