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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Dan Straily

By Todd Wills



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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Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss Yu Darvish's pitch count and how he spends time in the clubhouse during weather delays.

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Darvish (7-1, 2.97 ERA): Darvish makes his 10th start of the season and first since throwing 130 pitches in a 10-4 victory over Detroit last Thursday. ... He leads AL pitchers with 23 wins since the start of the 2012 and tied for third overall in baseball behind Gio Gonzalez and R.A. Dickey, who have 24 wins. ... Darvish has won five straight decisions. ... His 130 pitches against the Tigers were the second most in baseball this season, and he also has the third most at 127 pitches against Boston on May 5. Darvish has averaged just under 121 pitches per start in May. ... He is second in wins behind Tampa Bay's Matt Moore, who is 8-0. ... Darvish leads the majors with 86 strikeouts and 12.76 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Darvish will face the A's for the first time this season. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA against Oakland last season. ... Darvish is 14-2 lifetime at Rangers Ballpark, with one of those losses coming last July when he allowed three runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the A's. ... He is 4-0 with a 3.82 ERA in five starts in Arlington this season.

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.