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Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Matt Moore

9/19/2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers send ace Yu Darvish to the mound Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays' left-hander Matt Moore in the final game of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Darvish (12-9, 2.79): Darvish has lost two straight 1-0 games and a record four this season, but you already know that. … His latest came in a 1-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, a start in which Darvish allowed a first-inning run and that was it. … Darvish needs to throw 6 1/3 innings to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. … He is winless in his past six starts, his last victory coming Aug. 12 at Houston, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. … Since then, Darvish has flirted with a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins and lost 1-0 games to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland on the Rangers' recent homestand. … He leads the majors with 256 strikeouts. … Darvish had 10 strikeouts against the A's, giving him 12 starts with double-digit strikeouts this season. … He has had seven consecutive starts of two runs or less of run support while going five-plus innings, the first pitcher in franchise history to suffer that fate. … Darvish faced Tampa Bay twice last season and was 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing one run in 15 innings.

Moore (15-3, 3.11): Moore would probably be in the AL Cy Young conversation if not for a sore elbow that cost him six starts. … He opened the season with an 8-0 record, including a 2-0 victory over Derek Holland and the Rangers on April 10 in Arlington. … Moore missed all of August and returned Sept. 3 and has made three starts since coming off the disabled list. … He went only three innings in his most recent start in Minnesota because of rain. He allowed one hit, didn't give up any runs and had five strikeouts and three walks. … Moore has allowed one run in 15 2/3 innings in his three September starts. … He is 7-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 starts at Tropicana Field this season.

Hitters: The current Rangers are batting .094 against Moore. He has 15 strikeouts in 32-bats. Sam Fuld is 3-for-6 with an RBI against Darvish.