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Ubaldo discusses his trade to the Indians

Ubaldo Jimenez will make his much-anticipated debut with the Indians on Friday, when the Tribe begins a three-game set with the Rangers in Arlington.

And though Jimenez will have quite the test, moving from the National League and immediately facing the American League's third-best offense as far as scoring goes -- in baseball's most hitter-friendly park -- he's looking forward to simply pitching.

"I'm ready for it," Jimenez said. "I know it's difficult, because you're going to have to face nine guys instead of eight and a pitcher. It's probably a little bit different. But at the same time, if you think about it, you don't have to be hitting. You don't have to be running the bases and thinking about doing so many things you have to do as a pitcher in the National League. You only have to focus on pitching here."

Texas is one of just six teams Jimenez has yet to face over his six-year career. He's 6-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts against AL competition, and is excited to be a part of the Indians, a team that knows how to win.

"I just want to play baseball," he said. "It doesn't matter what team. Where I am right now, I'm really happy. I have a great opportunity, and I'm happy for it. I don't think about anything else."

The Rangers, who avoided a sweep with a 5-2 win over the Tigers in the series finale on Thursday, have dropped three of their last four. The Indians are coming off a four-game series split with the Red Sox.

Left-hander Derek Holland will take the hill for the Rangers coming off his fourth shutout of the season, and third in five starts, last Saturday.

"I just have to continue to take it one pitch at a time, show no fear and go after hitters," said Holland, who is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his last five starts. "My defense will make the plays. I give them all the credit for the success I've had."

Holland threw a shutout against the Indians on June 4 in Cleveland.

"I know that, and I'm sure they know that, and it's got them fired up," he said. "I still have to stay ahead of hitters. I can't worry about what happened before."

Indians: Brantley questionable
• Outfielder Michael Brantley, who has missed the last two games with a sore right wrist, will take batting practice with the team on Friday. Manager Manny Acta will wait until then to see if Brantley can play or if he needs more time off.

• The Indians' current stretch of seven games (four against the Red Sox, three against the Rangers) is a break from their busy late-summer stretch against the AL Central. Thirty-nine of the Indians' 54 remaining ballgames come against division opponents.

• After the Rangers knocked off the Tigers in a Thursday matinee, the Indians are three games back in the AL Central.

Rangers: Young nearing milestone
• Michael Young is five hits from 2,000 for his career.

Worth noting
• Indians rookie Jason Kipnis has a five-game hitting streak, including four straight games with a home run, a stretch that ended on Thursday. The homer run tied the franchise rookie record (Al Rosen, 1950) and made Kipnis the first player in Major League history to homer in four consecutive games within two weeks of his debut.

• The Rangers have a .511 slugging percentage at home. They are also hitting .294 in Arlington. They are tied with the Yankees for homers at home, with 85.

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