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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Hiroki Kuroda

By Travis L. Brown


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tonight's game features two of the biggest-name pitchers to come to the big leagues from Japan as Texas' Yu Darvish takes on New York's Hiroki Kuroda in just the seventh double Japan-native starting bill. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. A look at the matchup:

Darvish (2-0, 3.57 ERA): Darvish will make his fourth major league start. ... He threw 6 1/3 innings in Detroit on Thursday, allowing one earned run on two hits, walking five and fanning five in his longest outing of his short major league career. ... Run support hasn't been an issue for Darvish as the Rangers have provided at least six runs in each of his starts. ... Darvish has allowed a runner on base in every inning. ... Darvish leads the Rangers in walks with 13.

Kuroda (1-2, 5.00 ERA): Kuroda will make his fourth start of the season, the second against the Rangers in his career. ... In his last start against Minnesota, Kuroda picked up the loss, 6-5, allowing all six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. ... Batters have jumped on Kuroda early in 2012 with six of his 12 runs allowed coming in the first innings. ... Kuroda struggles against lefties, allowing 10 runs on 19 hits from left-handed batters.

Hitters: Ranger hitters are batting .258 career against Kuroda. ... Four are hitting .333 career against Kuroda, led in at-bats by Adrian Beltre with six. ... Kuroda has allowed just two extra-base hits to Ranger hitters, doubles by Beltre and Yorvit Torrealba.

Up Next:

Wednesday vs. NYY: TBA (likely Scott Feldman) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW