Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Dan Straily
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to even their series against Oakland when right-hander Yu Darvish takes the mound against A's right-hander Dan Straily at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
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Straily (1-2, 7.27 ERA): Straily is making his seventh start of the season. ... He was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 1 for his third stint with the A's this year. He is 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA since then. ... Straily's 7.27 ERA is the second-highest in the AL among pitchers with at least 25 innings pitched. ... He lost to the Rangers in his last start, a 6-2 defeat in which he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. ... Straily is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against Texas. ... He throws a fastball in the mid-90s and has a good curveball, but command has been an issue.
Hitters: Coco Crisp gave Josh Lindblom fits Monday night with three hits and also gives Darvish problems (3-for-6, 1 HR, 4 RBIs). Left-handed hitting Seth Smith had a home run Monday night and is 3-for-8 with an RBI against Darvish. Adrian Beltre (2-for-6, RBI) and Lance Berkman with two RBIs have had early success against the 24-year-old Straily.
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