Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Travis Blackley
ARLINGTON, Texas -- RHP Yu Darvish takes the mound against LHP Travis Blackley as the Texas Rangers close out their four-game home series with the Oakland A's. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (10-4, 3.57): The 25-year-old leads all rookies in wins (10) and strikeouts (106) and has already set the Rangers record for wins by a rookie prior to the All-Star break. ... He leads the league in walks (50) and ranks among AL leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (second, 9.97), wins (third), opp. average (eighth, .228) and strikeouts (fourth, 106). ... He is second in the majors with four games with 10 or more strikeouts and is one of 10 pitchers since 1918 to have four or more games with 10-plus strikeouts in his first 15 career games. ... He has won his first seven career home starts to match the sixth-longest streak to begin a career since 1918 and he is the first to do so since Montreal's Carlos Perez won his first eight home starts in 1995. ... He is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two career starts vs. Oakland, allowing 10 hits, seven earned runs, eight walks and 11 strikeouts.
Blackley (1-2, 3.05 in AL): The 29-year-old was acquired by the A's from the San Francisco Giants in early May. ... He has appeared in nine games for the A's, pitching 41 2/3 innings. ... He is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in the month of June (30 1/3 IP). ... He has allowed opposing batters a .230 average as a starter this season. ... On the road he has pitched 21 innings in seven appearances (three starts), posting a 0-1 record and 4.29 ERA. ... He is 1-1 in two career appearances against Texas, with his only win coming in 2004. ... In his previous start against the Rangers this season, he posted a 9.64 ERA, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched and took a loss.
Hitters: The A's are batting .233 (10-for-43) against Darvish. ... Darvish has allowed eight walks against the A's. ... Coco Crisp is 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs. ... Jemile Weeks is 3-for-6 with a double and two walks. ... Yoenis Cespedes is 1-for-1. ... Josh Reddick is 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. ... Rangers hitters are 8-for-22 against Blackley. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-3. ... Michael Young 2-for-6 with a double and a triple. ... Elvis Andrus is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Tue. at Chicago White Sox: RHP Roy Oswalt (2-0, 4.26) vs. LHP Chris Sale (9-2, 2.27), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
Wed. at Chicago White Sox: RHP Scott Feldman (2-6, 6.13) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.50), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN.
Thu. at Chicago White Sox: LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
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