Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Rick Porcello

August, 12, 2012
8/12/12
10:00
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this three-game series should be a hot one at 2:05 p.m. today at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. The pitching matchup features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Rick Porcello. Here's a look:

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.

Up next:
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
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Alex Rios
BA HR RBI R
.318 1 11 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
WM. Perez 4
ERAM. Perez 1.42
SOY. Darvish 29