Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Ervin Santana

July, 21, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The second game of this three-game series between AL West rivals pits Yu Darvish against Ervin Santana at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Fox. A quick look at the matchup:

Darvish (10-6, 3.96 ERA): The 25-year-old rookie will make his 18th start of the season, with the Rangers having gone 11-6 in games he's taken the mound. ... He is third in the American League with 57 walks, while the Angels as a team rank second-to-last in that offensive category. ... His 10 wins and 121 strikeouts leads all AL rookies. ... Allowed a season-high seven earned runs in last week's loss at Seattle. ... Will try to avoid three straight losses for the first time in the U.S. ... He is 1-1 in two starts against the Angels, allowing five earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. ... Lost last outing in Anaheim despite a quality start and holding the Angels scoreless through five frames. ... Five of his six losses have come away from Arlington. ... Darvish is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA the third time he faces a team.

Santana (4-9, 5.60 ERA): Has lost two straight while the Angels have gone winless in his last four starts. ... Has been stingy in his last two home starts, allowing only two earned runs in 17 innings. ... Will be making his first start of the season against the Rangers. ... Santana was 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA against Texas last year.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 18-for-47 (.383) with a home run and five doubles off Santana. ... Elvis Andrus is 11-for-31 (.355) with four walks. ... Michael Young is 26-for-74 (.351) with three homers and 13 RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre has four homers and 13 RBIs, but is only 11-for-49 (.224). ... Nelson Cruz also has three homers. ... Josh Hamilton has struggled against Santana, going 6-for-31 (.194). ... Mike Trout is 3-for-6 with a home run against Darvish. ... Torii Hunter has the other blast, but the Angels have hit a combined .174 off Darvish.

Up next:

Sun at LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-4, 2.87 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (6-8, 4.86 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN
Mon vs. BOS: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22 ERA) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (10-4, 4.24 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN

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Alex Rios
.321 1 10 9
HRS. Choo 2
RBIK. Kouzmanoff 10
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 1.61
SOY. Darvish 29