Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Brandon McCarthy
OAKLAND, Calif. — The final game of this four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy at 2:37 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (7-3, 3.21): The Rangers’ 25-year-old Japanese phenom slightly altered his leg kick in his previous outing, a loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels. Darvish, who gave up three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, said that he simply went back to mechanics he used more in Japan. … Darvish is tied for the league lead in victories. … He beat the A’s on May 16 in Arlington, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings. … He's 6-3 with a 2.92 ERA over his past 10 starts.
McCarthy (4-3, 2.95): The 28-year-old former Rangers pitcher is making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a shoulder problem. … He gave up two runs in six innings in his previous outing, against the Royals. … He's won four consecutive decisions, with a 2.53 ERA over five starts. … His winning streak equals his career best. … He is just 1-4 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 career games against the Rangers, including eight starts. … He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Texas on May 17.
Hitters: Current Rangers have hit a combined .307 against McCarthy. … Adrian Beltre is 12-for-28 (.429) with two homers. … Mitch Moreland is 5-for-13 with two homers. … Nelson Cruz is 1-for-14. … Jemile Weeks, who had two hits, was the only player with multiple hits against Darvish in their meeting earlier this season.
Fri. at SF: LHP Matt Harrison (7-3, 4.37) vs. LHP Barry Zito (5-2, 2.98), 9:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA-21
Sat. at SF: RHP Scott Feldman (0-4, 7.01) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 2.38), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at SF: LHP Derek Holland (5-4, 5.10) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.83), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/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.