Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Zack Greinke
Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA): The 26-year-old was scratched from his last start with neck stiffness but said after his bullpen Friday that he's ready to go. ... He got his 16th win, which leads all AL rookies, on Sept. 20 in Anaheim, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings with a walk and nine strikeouts. ... He has four consecutive starts of seven or more innings and four or fewer hits and is just the third pitcher to have a streak of that kind (Nolan Ryan and Gaylord Perry). ... Darvish has 12 games with nine or more strikeouts, second-most in the majors. And his 214 strikeouts are third-most in the AL. ... He has a career-high seven consecutive quality starts and is 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA in that span. Opponents are batting just .151 in those starts.
Greinke (15-5, 3.42 ERA): He's won his last five and six of his last seven decisions since going winless in eight straight. ... Greinke became the first pitcher since 1920 to record 13 strikeouts in a start of five innings or less in his win against Seattle on Sept. 25. ... This is his 14th career appearance and 12th start against Texas. .. He did not factor into a decision in his last start vs. the Rangers, allowing one run in eight innings on Sept. 20. Darvish was also starting that game and held the Angels down. ... Greinke is 2-3 with a 1.23 ERA in 51 innings against the Rangers since 2007. He's struck out 53 and walked just five.
Hitters: As a team, the Angels are hitting .174 against Darvish. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 5-for-11 with three RBIs. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-14 with a homer and three RBIs. ... Geovany Soto is 3-for-7 off Greinke. ... Ian Kinsler (3-for-22) and Josh Hamilton (0-for-16) have struggled off him.
Mon at Oak: LHP Martin Perez (1-3, 5.03 ERA) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.44 ERA), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Tue at Oak: LHP Matt Harrison (18-10, 3.26 ERA) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (5-4, 3.91 ERA), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at Oak: RHP Ryan Dempster (12-8. 3.18 ERA) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71 ERA), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
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.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.