Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Garrett Richards
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After struggling in the first two games of this series, the Texas Rangers will be eager to make some headway against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The third game of this four-game series between AL West rivals features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Garrett Richards. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (11-7, 4.05): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star is fresh off his first professional loss when receiving four or more runs of support, a 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. ... He has 138 strikeouts on the season, the fifth-most in the AL and the most in Rangers history through 19 games. ... He also ranks among AL leaders in strikeouts per-9 (second, 10.15), wins (tied-fifth, 11) and opponent's average (seventh, .230) and leads all AL rookies in wins and strikeouts. ... He is third in the AL with 64 walks and tied for fourth in hit batters with nine. ... He leads the majors with six double-digit strikeout games, including four out of his last seven starts. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched against the Angels, striking out 25 and issuing 10 walks. ... He is 7-2 at Rangers Ballpark, having lost his last two home starts.
Richards (3-2, 3.91): The 24-year-old will make his ninth start this season pitching in place of Dan Haren, who is battling another bout of back stiffness. ... He has 3.31 ERA and a 1-1 record in three road starts (16 1/3 innings). ... He was 1-1 in three starts in the July with a 6.06 ERA through 16 1/3 innings. ... He is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers. ... He took a no-decision in his last start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss on Sept. 28, 2011, going five innings and allowing two hits (one home run), one run and three walks while striking out one.
Hitters: Darvish has held the Angels to a .174 batting average. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-9 with a double, a home run, three RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-8 with two walks and two strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 3-for-6 with an RBI and a walk. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. ... Rangers hitters are 4-for-18 against Richards. ... Michael Young is 1-for-3. ... Ian Kinsler is 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-1 with a home run with a walk. ... Josh Hamilton is 0-for-3.
Up next: Thur. vs. LAA: RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
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Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss a hypothetical Jurickson Profar for Cliff Lee trade, how he would handle Profar's playing time with the Rangers and more.
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.
- There are no games scheduled for today.