Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will face off against the Seattle Mariners in the second game of this three-game series at 8:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. This divisional matchup features RHP Yu Darvish against RHP Felix Hernandez. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (10-5, 3.59): The 25-year-old is making his first start of the second half and 17th start of the year. ... Was a member of the American League All-Star team but did not pitch in the game Tuesday in Kansas City. ... His last outing was on July 1 vs. Oakland when he suffered his first career lost at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In that start he pitched seven innings, giving up just three runs on five hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The loss ended a three-game winning streak. ... Has recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts three times this season and at least 10 strikeouts five times, which is most in the A.L. and tied with the Mets' R.A. Dicky for most in the big leagues. ... His 10 wins and 117 strikeouts leads all rookies. ... The wins set the Rangers record for wins by a rookie before the All-Star break. ... Ranks among the A.L. lead in strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched (2nd, 10.26), wins (t-3rd, 10), strikeouts (4th, 117) and opponent's average (6th, .227). ... Is 1-1 with a 8.38 ERA in two starts vs. Seattle. ... Last start against the Mariners came in a 6-1 loss May 21 on the road in which he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts in four innings pitched.
Hernandez (6-5, 3.13): The 26-year-old is slated to make his 19th start of the season. ... He was named to the American League All-Star team but did not pitch. ... Has not recorded a win in his last two starts. ... Has 11 quality starts this season. ... Has pitched at least seven innings 11 times this year, including six outing of at least eight innings. ... Tied with Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg for most strikeouts in the major leagues with 128. ... Has a 2.52 ERA in nine starts at home this year. ... Recorded a win in his only matchup against the Rangers this season on May 21 in Seattle. He gave up just one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings of work on the mound.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 112-for-438 (.256) all-time against Hernandez. ... David Murphy is 19-for-60 (.317) with four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and 13 strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 12-for-47 (.255) with a double, three home runs, four RBIs and 10 strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-45 (.178) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, four RBIs, eight walks and 13 strikeouts. ... Current Mariners are 12-for-40 (.300) off Darvish. ... Ichiro Suzuki is 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, a triple and two RBIs. ... Michael Saunders is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Sun. vs. Seattle: LHP Matt Harrison (11-4, 3.10) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84), 3:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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