Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Justin Verlander
Holland (7-6, 5.18 ERA): He'll be making his 18th start (19th appearance) of the season and hopes to see some improvement after going 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA in his past four starts to see his ERA go from 4.84 to 5.18. ... He has had an extra day of rest, thanks to Thursday's off day. ... He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision Sunday in Kansas City (the Rangers lost 7-6 in 10 innings). ... He has allowed multiple home runs in four straight starts (nine total) and his 21 home runs allowed in 107 2/3 innings are five shy of his career-high of 26 during his 2009 rookie season. ... He has a 2.25 ERA in one start versus Detroit (one earned run in four innings). ... Holland is 3-4 with a 6.19 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) in Arlington this season.
Verlander (12-7, 2.51 ERA): The 29-year-old is once again proving to be a workhorse, having thrown 168 2/3 innings, tops in the majors. He has thrown at least 102 pitches in every outing, and only Mother Nature (rain) on July 31 at Boston prevented Verlander from pitching at least six innings in every outing. ... His last outing was a good one. He worked eight innings and allowed two runs (both unearned) on eight hits with 14 strikeouts and a walk in a win over the New York Yankees. ... He threw a season-high 132 pitches in the victory. ... Verlander is 7-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 regular-season starts in his career versus Texas with 66 strikeouts and 18 walks. ... In last year's American League Championship Series, Verlander was 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
Hitters: Josh Hamilton (4-for-14, 2 RBIs) and Adrian Beltre (9-for-32, HR, 3 RBIs) have had success off Verlander. ... Ian Kinsler (3-for-21) and Nelson Cruz (1-for-12, 3 K's) have struggled against him. ... Only Delmon Young has more than three at-bats off Holland and he's 6-for-12 with two homers and two RBIs. ... Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson are a combined 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.
Sun vs. Det: RHP Yu Darvish (11-8, 4.57) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.65), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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