Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Nick Blackburn
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish returns to the mound to see if he can get off to a better start than last week's outing. The game starts at 12:05 p.m. on Fox and KSKY 660 AM. Here's the matchup:
Yu Darvish (1-0, 7.94 ERA): In his highly anticipated MLB debut, Darvish was shelled in the first inning before turning things around. The Rangers' offense lifted him to the win, but he gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. ... His second start could be a little better against a Twins team that's near the bottom in almost every batting category so far this season.
Nick Blackburn (0-1, 7.50 ERA): Things got off to a bad start in Blackburn's fifth season in the Twins' rotation. The Angels burned him for four runs off five hits in six innings to take the loss. The Rangers dominated Blackburn in two starts last season. He gave up 21 hits and eight runs over 10 innings of work.
Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 5-for-12 with two home runs and seven RBIs against Blackburn. ... Michael Young is 6-for-20 with two home runs. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-14. ... Mitch Moreland is one of the few Rangers who hasn't been successful against him at 2-for-10 in his career.
Sunday at Minnesota (1:10 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Liam Hendricks (first start)
Tuesday at Boston (6:10 p.m., FSSW): RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. LHP Jon Lester (0-1, 2.40 ERA)
Wednesday at Boston (6 p.m., ESPN2): LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 5.68 ERA)
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