Dose of Darvish: Rematch with C.J. Wilson
The two tangled in Arlington, though Mother Nature ruined a true duel. When rain came in the first inning -- with the Rangers all over the bases already -- the night ended for Wilson. Darvish returned to the field after staying warm during the nearly two-hour delay and pitched well, holding the Angels to three runs in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches and earned the respect of his teammates by grinding it out through the rough weather.
Wilson came back the next day and got a no-decision in the Angels' win, allowing just two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Now we get to see the two again, this time in California.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.