Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Adam Wilk
DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers begin a four-game series at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers tonight at 6:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. You can also join us for live in-game chats all series long. Here's a brief look at tonight's matchup:
RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 4.76 ERA): The 25-year-old is working on four days' rest after the rotation was switched because of Monday's off day. ... Darvish got a no-decision in his last start in Minnesota, giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He needed 102 pitches. ... In his two starts he hasn't been able to get through six full innings. The Rangers are 2-0, though, in Darvish's starts. ... The Rangers have averaged 7.94 runs of support in Darvish's starts (ninth in the AL and second on the team to Colby Lewis). He received four or more runs of support in a start in Japan 53 times and was 49-0 with a 1.94 ERA (89 ER/413.1 IP) in those outings.
LHP Adam Wilk (0-1, 3.60 ERA): The 24-year-old, who made his big league debut last year, has just one outing to his name this season. He went five innings and gave up two runs in a loss to the Chicago White Sox last week. ... It was his first major league start after appearing in five games for the Tigers in 2011. In fact, Wilk has yet to pitch in a game that Detroit has won. They are 0-6 in games he's appeared in the past two seasons. ... He gave up on run on two hits in two innings in a game in Arlington last June.
Hitters: No Ranger player has more than one at-bat off Wilk and the only two with hits are Craig Gentry (double) and Adrian Beltre (homer). ... Darvish has never faced the Tigers, meaning he'll get his first crack at Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
Fri at Det: LHP Matt Harrison (2-0, 0.64) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.84), 6:05 p.m., 660/1540/TXA21
Sat at Det: RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.13), 12:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Sun at Det: RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 1.83) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 0.90), 12:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
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Play Podcast Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus joins Galloway & Company to discuss having Scott Boras as his agent, his new contract and having Jurickson Profar in the lineup.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss Yu Darvish's pitch count and how he spends time in the clubhouse during weather delays.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company for his weekly visit to discuss the latest Rangers news.
Play Podcast Reid Ryan joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his new position with the Houston Astros and whether he could see his dad, Nolan, joining him there in the future.
Play Podcast ESPN MLB Insider Jayson Stark joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss if the Rangers are the best team in baseball, what makes them so good and if he thinks the team will trade Jurickson Profar.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.