Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Rick Porcello
Darvish (11-8, 4.57 ERA): Texas is 13-8 in Darvish's starts as he prepares for his 22nd of the season. ... Since the start of July, he is 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA in six starts with 24 walks and 48 strikeouts. ... He's raised his ERA by a full run in the process. ... Darvish took the loss in Boston on Monday, giving up six runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and four walks. ... He set a Rangers record by allowing seven doubles in the start. ... He has a 3.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts and six walks in two starts vs. the Tigers -- both wins for Darvish. ... He is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in three starts when facing a team for the third time.
Porcello (9-6, 4.62 ERA): After putting up solid numbers in June -- 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 22 strikeouts and eight walks in six starts -- Porcello has slowed in July and August. ... He sported a 5.40 ERA in July and so far in August has allowed seven runs in 12 1/3 innings, yet is 2-0. ... His last outing was a quality start as Porcello gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 6-5 win at home against the New York Yankees. ... He's had a good start and a bad start against the Rangers in 2012. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and lasted just one inning in a 10-4 Rangers win on April 21 in Arlington, but he gave up just one run on six hits in six innings in an 8-2 Tigers win in Detroit on June 25.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 5-for-11 with two doubles against Porcello. ... Ian Kinsler (5-for-8), David Murphy (5-for-9) and Michael Young (5-for-10) have also hit him well. ... Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton are a combined 1-for-13, but the one hit was a Hamilton homer. ... Prince Fielder is 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBIs off Darvish. ... Brennan Boesch, Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta are still looking for their first hit against Darvish, going 0-for-16 so far.
Mon. at NYY: RHP Ryan Dempster (6-5, 2.65) vs. TBD, 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN
Tue. at NYY: LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.24), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/MLBN
Wed. at NYY: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN
Thu. at NYY: LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70), 12:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.