The Texas Rangers send Yu Darvish to the mound tonight in the finale of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Trade deadline acquisition Zack Greinke will take the mound for the Angels. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (15-9, 4.02 ERA): The 26-year-old right-hander has three consecutive starts with at least seven innings and three or fewer hits allowed, tying Nolan Ryan's club record (1990). Darvish is the first Ranger (and 25th major leaguer) since 1918 with at least 15 wins in his first 27 career games. ... He has the most strikeouts among major league rookies (205) and is the fourth-fastest pitcher to reach 200 career strikeouts. ... Has a 5.32 ERA in four starts against the Angels (2-1), though he has allowed only four earned runs in 13 1/3 innings at Angel Stadium. ... The Rangers are 18-9 in his starts.
Greinke (14-5, 3.56 ERA): Greinke has won four straight decisions. ... Has tossed at least seven innings in eight of his 10 starts with the Angels. ... Will be making his first appearance against the Rangers since 2010. ... Greinke has a 1.26 ERA (six earned runs in 43 innings) against Texas since 2007.
Hitters: Elvis Andrus is 3-for-8 with a double off Greinke. ... Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli have each homered once off Greinke, but haven't had much success otherwise. Kinsler is 3-for-18 (.167) with seven strikeouts; Napoli is 2-for-11 (.182). ... Josh Hamilton is hitless in 16 career at-bats against Greinke. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run off Darvish. ... Torii Hunter (3-for-11) and Albert Pujols (2-for-11) have also taken Darvish deep. ... Mark Trumbo (0-for-10), Kendrys Morales (0-for-8) and Howie Kendrick (0-for-6) have not fared well against Darvish.
Fri. at SEA: Martin Perez (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 3.39 ERA), 9:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/TXA-21
Sat. at SEA: Matt Harrison (17-9, 3.26 ERA) vs. Blake Beavan (9-10, 4.88 ERA), 8:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW