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
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
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.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.