Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Mark Buehrle
Darvish (7-2, 2.77): Darvish has an extra days' rest as he tries to end a two-game losing streak for his team ... He hasn't won in his last three starts, going 0-1 despite a 2.18 ERA ... It's only the second time in his Rangers' career that he's gone three starts without a victory ... Darvish is 15-4 with a 3.35 ERA pitching on five days or more rest ... This is Darvish's fourth consecutive start following a Rangers loss ... He's getting used to being in this position ... Eight of his first 12 starts have come after a team loss ... He is 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA ... Darvish is the first Rangers with five or more strikeouts in his first 12 starts ... He leads the major leagues with 111 strikeouts and a 12.28 strikeouts/per nine innings ratio ... He is tied with Detroit's Justin Verlander for the big league lead in strikeouts since the start of 2012 with 332 Ks ... Darvish has the majors' second highest run support average at 7.30 per start ... He took a no decision in his last start, allowing no runs in seven innings ... Darvish is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA for three career starts against Toronto ... He is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA at the Rogers Centre ... Darvish has allowed 11 of his 25 runs in the first inning. ... He is fourth in the AL with a 2.55 ERA for five road starts.
Buehrle (2-4, 5.42): Buehrle was acquired in a blockbuster trade by the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins in the offseason ... He will be working on six days' rest ... The left-handed change-up specialist has pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts ... He allowed three earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in six innings in a loss to San Diego in his previous outing ... That included four infield singles ... Buehrle has allowed 11 home runs in 73 innings ... Opponents are batting .282 against him and have a career .272 batting average off the left-hander ... Buehrle's walks are up with 21 for the season ... Right-handed batters are hitting .302 against him ... Buehrle is 2-1 with a 4.23 for six starts at the Rogers Centre this season ... Buehrle is 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA for 17 career starts/20 games against the Rangers.
Hitters: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (5-for-8, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) has give Darvish fits and Colby Rasmus (3-for-6) has too. Jeff Baker (5-for-11) and Adrian Beltre (9-for-27, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) have handled Buehrle.
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