Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Aaron Cook
|Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan weighs in on Roy Oswalt's unwillingness to pitch, Yu Darvish's inconsistency and more. |
Cook (2-5, 5.24 ERA): After a span of four straight quality starts, Cook's last two outings have been struggles. ... He gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings in a loss to the New York Yankees on July 27 and then allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Detroit. ... Cook has allowed eight homers this season, four of them in his last two losses. ... Cook has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: Darvish has never faced any of the Red Sox hitters. ... Adrian Beltre is 6-for-13 with four RBIs against Cook, while Josh Hamilton is 3-for-3 with a double and triple. ... Mike Napoli is 2-for-9.
Tue at Bos: RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.82 AL&NL) vs. LHP Jon Lester (5-9, 5.36), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at Bos: LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56), 12:35 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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