Texas Rangers: Hiroki Kuroda

Rios leaves after getting hit in quad

July, 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starting right fielder Alex Rios left Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees after getting hit on the left quad in the third inning.

Rios glared at Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda after he got hit but calmly went to first base.

Rios was later replaced in right field by Daniel Robertson.

Rios is the subject of trade rumors and could be dealt by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. The Rangers have a team option on him for 2015 and are open to bringing him back. But if there's an opportunity to acquire quality prospects, the club wouldn't hesitate dealing him.

"I would like to stay here," Rios said before Wednesday's game. "At the same time you have to understand what the situation is and a few other things. It's a business and you have to look at it as that. We do enjoy what we do as players."

Hot Stove Talk: Masahiro Tanaka

November, 11, 2013
Note: This is part of our Hot Stove Talk series, which profiles free agents and looks at possible trades the Texas Rangers could make this offseason.

Today's player: Masahiro Tanaka

The Rangers would love to pair another front-line starter with Yu Darvish, and there is an opportunity to go back to Japan for that pitcher. His name is Masahiro Tanaka.

Much will be said about Tanaka in the coming weeks. Unnamed scouts will say he's better than Darvish. Others will say he's not. It's up to the Rangers and other clubs bidding for Tanaka to decide if he's worth $100 million or even more two years after the Rangers spent $110 million on Yu Darvish. Well spent dollars we might add.

Tanaka had a superb regular season in Japan, going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan's Nippon Professional baseball league. One American League scout that covers the Pacific Rim said Tanaka has one of the best split finger fastballs he's ever seen. Tanaka is a strike thrower.

But overall Tanaka isn't considered to have the talent or the flair of Darvish. Do the Rangers put up big dollars for another Japanese pitcher and get involved in the posting system and the bidding war that could ensue. That's a decision general manager Jon Daniels and Co. will have to make in the coming days and weeks.

Why he makes sense: The Rangers signing of Darvish has been a success and Tanaka looks to be another talented pitcher who should do well in the major leagues. The success of Hiroki Kuroda and Hisashi Iwakuma also lends credibility to the ability of Japanese pitchers to make the transition to the big leagues where lineups are deeper. Tanaka to go with Darvish, Derek Holland, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison would give the Rangers one of the top rotations in baseball.

Why he doesn't make sense: The bidding for Tanaka could and likely will be higher than for Darvish. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks are considered to be potential suitors. Tanaka is considered to be a No. 3 starter -- maybe a No. 2. That could be to high a price to pay when a No. 1 starter, such as David Price, is expected to be on the trade market.

Bottom line: The Rangers should pass on Tanaka and go after Price. From the talk in the media, it appears the price will surpass what they paid for Darvish. The Rangers would be better off spending their free-agent dollars on offense.

Offseason question: Rotation Depth

October, 18, 2013
Editor's Note: This is the last in a 10-part series that focused on questions the Texas Rangers must answer this offseason. These questions are in no particular order.

Today’s question: Do the Texas Rangers have enough rotation depth?

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Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsMight the Rangers be able to pull off an offseason trade for David Price?
Here's what we know about the Rangers' 2014 rotation -- Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison will be in it.

That's provided general manager Jon Daniels doesn't pull a stunner and trade either Holland and Perez -- that seems highly unlikely -- and that Harrison is 100 percent recovered from two back surgeries that limited him to only only two starts in 2013.

That leaves the Rangers needing a fifth starter. Is that guy Alexi Ogando? We've already discussed Ogando's situation in this series. The mere fact that Ogando was on the disabled list three times last season should make the Rangers pause and put the lanky right-hander back in the bullpen where he belongs.

Which means the Rangers are back to needing a fifth starter. Does that pitcher come from within the system, via trade or in free agency?

Let's start with the system. The Rangers are likely to bring back their own free agent, Colby Lewis, who spent all of last season trying to recover from elbow surgery and other ailments. Lewis is 34, the Rangers' best postseason pitcher of all time and deserves another chance with the team. But he can't be counted on in any way. If he makes it, that's a bonus.

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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Rangers 0

July, 25, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' record fell to 0-37 when trailing after eight innings as they couldn't rally against the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon, falling 2-0 on a scorching hot day at Rangers Ballpark.

Holland beats the heat: Derek Holland wasn't impacted at all by a 95-degree day at Rangers Ballpark. He pitched into the eighth inning for the fifth time in 21 starts, allowing two runs on eight hits. Holland has been sensational this season against the Yankees. He had complete game 2-0 victory against the Bronx Bombers on June 26, but was on the wrong end of a shutout Thursday.

Kuroda flourishes: The Rangers couldn't come up with the big hit against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, continuing a season-long trend on offense. The Rangers didn't have a lot of chances against Kuroda and finished the game 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. Kuroda improved to 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA for July.

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AP Photo/Brandon WadeThe Rangers presented Mariano Rivera Rivera with a black cowboy hat and custom-made boots with the Yankees logo and his jersey No. 42 on the back in a pregame ceremony.
Pounding the zone: Manager Ron Washington said after Wednesday's game that new Ranger Matt Garza pounded the strike zone with a vengance, throwing 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. Holland, who hasn't been shy of pitching to contact this season, followed Garza's lead. Holland threw 70 of his 94 pitches for strikes. That's a 75 percent clip.

Rivera closes door: In his final game at Rangers Ballpark -- unless he's back in the playoffs -- Mariano Rivera picked up a save against the Rangers. It was his 33rd this season, pushing his all-time saves record to 641.

Sixth-inning blues: The Rangers had two singles and a walk in the bottom of the sixth and didn't score. Ian Kinsler opened the inning with a single, but was out at second base on a hit-and-run with Elvis Andrus that didn't work. Andrus couldn't get the bat on a sinker and Kinsler was caught stealing. Andrus followed with an infield single and Nelson Cruz had a nine-pitch walk that appeared to have Kuroda on the ropes on this hot day. But Adrian Beltre flied out to center field and A.J. Pierzynski was robbed of a hit on a sliding catch by Arlington native Vernon Wells in left field.

Big break: The Rangers caught a huge break in the top of the seventh when Yankees catcher Austin Romine's shot to center field hopped over the fence for a ground-rule double. With two outs, David Adams, who was running from first base, would have scored easily but had to stop at third. Ichiro Suzuki followed by grounding out to shortstop to end the threat and keep the score at 1-0. There had been three ground-rule doubles in 51 games at Rangers Ballpark entering the game. The Yankees had two in the span of three innings Thursday.

Up next: The Rangers leave Texas for three days for a weekend series at Cleveland. Left-hander Martin Perez (3-3, 3.40 ERA) gets things started Friday night against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.69) at 7:05 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM. The rest of the series sets up with right-hander Yu Darvish (9-4, 2.86) facing Tribe right-hander Justin Masterson (11-7, 3.60) at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, and right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.13) going up against right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.49) at 12:05 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and broadcast on the radio on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Lineups: Profar back in lineup at short

July, 25, 2013
The Rangers look to take three of four from the Yankees when Derek Holland takes the mound against Hiroki Kuroda in a matinee series finale at Rangers Ballpark. Jurickson Profar is back in the lineup for Texas at short, and Elvis Andrus will serve as the DH. David Murphy and Leonys Martin are starting in the outfield alongside Nelson Cruz. Here are the lineups:

2B Ian Kinsler
DH Elvis Andrus
RF Nelson Cruz
3B Adrian Beltre
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Jurickson Profar
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin

RF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Brent Lillibridge
DH Robinson Cano
LF Vernon Wells
SS Eduardo Nunez
2B David Adams
1B Lyle Overbay
CF Melky Mesa
C Austin Romine

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Hiroki Kuroda

July, 25, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and New York finish off a four-game series when left-hander Derek Holland faces off against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda at 1:05 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Fox Sports Southwest, MLB Network and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Holland (8-5, 3.10): Manager Ron Washington pushed back Holland's start a day to insert new trade acquistion Matt Garza into the rotation Wednesday night. ... Holland has been the Rangers' most consistent starter, allowing four earned runs or less in 19 of his 20 starts. ... He was a tough-luck loser in his start Friday night against Baltimore, allowing three earned runs on six hits over eight innings in a 3-1 loss. ... He is 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA over his last five starts. ... Holland currently ranks in the top 10 in the American League in four key pitching categories. He's seventh with 127 strikeouts, eighth with a 3.10 ERA, ninth with 133 2/3 innings and 10th with one complete game.

Kuroda (9-6, 2.65): Kuroda, the Yankees' best starter this season, makes his 21st start. ... He beat Boston in his last start Saturday, allowing two earned runs on five hits in seven innings. ... The 38-year old right-hander is 2-0 with 0.95 ERA for his three starts in July. ... He bears down with runners in scoring position, having allowed only 11 hits in 77 at-bats. ... Kuroda will make his second start against the Rangers and the fifth of his career. He picked up a no-decision June 25 in a 4-3 victory for the Yankees. Kuroda allowed two home runs to Leonys Martin, only the third time the Japanese right-hander has yielded homers to the same batter in a game. ... Kuroda is 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA overall against the Rangers, allowing two earned runs or less in three of the four starts.

Hitters: Rangers hitters are batting .206 against Kuroda. Aside from Martin, Ian Kinsler and A.J. Pierzynski are the only other Rangers who have taken Kuroda deep. Robinson Cano (7-for-21, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) has had success against Holland.

Lineups: Lance Berkman back in at DH

June, 25, 2013
Lance Berkman returns to the lineup as the Rangers open a three-game series tonight against the Yankees in New York. Yu Darvish looks to snap out his his personal six-game winless streak against Hiroki Kuroda. The Rangers have won five straight and the Yankees are coming off a 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Here are the lineups:

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2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
RF Nelson Cruz
3B Adrian Beltre
C A.J. Pierzynski
DH Lance Berkman
Mitch Moreland
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin

CF Brett Gardner
RF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Robinson Cano
DH Travis Hafner
1B Lyle Overbay
LF Zoilo Almonte
SS Jayson Nix
3B David Adams
C Chris Stewart

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Hiroki Kuroda

June, 25, 2013
The Rangers open a three-game series in New York on Tuesday night with right-hander Yu Darvish going up against Yankees left-hander Hiroki Kuroda at 6:05 p.m. in Yankee Stadium.

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Darvish (7-3, 2.84): Darvish will be involved in the 11th matchup between Japanese-born pitchers in major league history when he faces Kuroda for the second time in his career. Darvish is 2-1 in such matchups, including a 2-0 win over Kuroda and the Yankees last season. That victory is Darvish's only career start against the Yankees. He didn't allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings. ... Darvish is winless in his past six starts, going 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA. He has received nine runs of support in those starts. ... Darvish is working on six days of rest, last pitching against the A's a week ago in a 6-2 loss. He allowed four earned runs in six innings. ... The last time Darvish pitched on extended rest he threw seven shutout innings against Seattle in September. ... He leads the majors with 137 strikeouts and 12.17 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Darvish has baseball's lowest opponents' batting average at .185.

Kuroda (7-5. 2.78): Kuroda makes his 16th start of the season and fourth career start against the Rangers. ... Kuroda last started on June 19 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and picked up a victory, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He ended a three-game losing streak, getting his first win since May 17. ... Kuroda is signed to a one-year contract with the Yankees. ... He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in two of his past three outings. ... Kuroda threw a complete game shutout against the Rangers on Aug. 14, 2012, at Yankee Stadium, allowing two hits in nine innings.

Hitters: Japanese Hall-of-Famer-to-be Ichiro Suzuki (6-for-11, 2 RBIs) has the upper hand in his rivalry against Darvish. Ian Kinsler (2-for-9, 1 HR, RBI) has some of the best numbers for a Rangers lineup that has struggled against Kuroda.

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Rangers 2

August, 15, 2012

NEW YORK -- Outside of Josh Hamilton, the Rangers couldn't muster much offense in their 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. They have lost the first three games of their four-game series in the Bronx and will need to win Thursday afternoon to avoid a sweep.

What it means: The Rangers entered this series leading the majors in runs scored and batting average. But they've managed just four runs in three games in the Bronx. They've been silenced by the Yankees trio of David Phelps, Hiroki Kuroda and Freddy Garcia.

Oh my Josh! Hamilton's 11-game hitting streak ended Tuesday night. But he started another one Wednesday night in impressive fashion. Hamilton hit two homers off Yankees starter Garcia and finished 2-for-4. Hamitlon's first homer -- a solo shot in the fourth -- broke Texas' 19-inning scoreless streak. His second homer was a blast to right reminiscent of the moon shots he hit in the old Yankee Stadium. It traveled 447 feet.

Hamilton has a career-high 34 homers on the season. He also has three multi-homer games and 101 RBIs on the year.

A little help? Other than Hamilton, the Rangers struggled to get to Garcia.

In 6 2/3 innings, Garcia allowed just two hits to Rangers other than Hamilton. Designated hitter Mitch Moreland doubled in the third and Adrian Beltre followed Hamilton's fourth-inning homer with a single. The Rangers left the bases loaded in the fourth when Geovany Soto grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Kinsler tossed: A frustrated Ian Kinsler was ejected by home plate ump Vic Carapazza for arguing Carapazza's called third strike in the eighth inning. The ball appeared to be a strike on the inside corner. Manager Ron Washington came out to argue alongside Kinsler. It was Kinsler's fourth ejection of the season.

Feldman falters: Aside from the third inning, Scott Feldman didn't pitch poorly Wednesday. But the third frame was enough to ruin his night.

Feldman allowed four hits and three runs in the third. The big blow was Nick Swisher's flare down to left that turned into a double because the Rangers were playing the lefty to pull. Eric Chavez's two-out RBI single also hurt Feldman. In all, Feldman allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

Ogando holds: A night after giving up crushing back-to-back homers in a Rangers loss, Alexi Ogando rebounded by getting Russell Martin to line out to right with the bases loaded to end the seventh.

Young sits, pinch hits: Washington gave struggling veteran Michael Young his first day off since June 10. But Young was inserted in the bottom of the seventh as a pinch hitter for Moreland. He flew out to center. Since Young was pinch-hitting for the DH, Texas lost its DH spot. The pitcher was forced to hit in the leadoff spot. And Young went to second base to replace the ejected Kinsler.

A little late: The game was delayed an hour and forty-five minutes by rain.

What's next: The Rangers wrap up their four-game series in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon as lefty Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92 ERA) takes on right-hander Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70). The Rangers then travel to Toronto for a three-game series starting Friday night.

Washington: 'Tip your hat' to Hiroki Kuroda

August, 15, 2012
NEW YORK -- Just how good was New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night?

“It’s obvious. He threw a shutout,” Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said after Kuroda flirted with a no-hitter and limited his club to just two hits over nine innings in a 3-0 loss. “What, he had a no-hitter though (six)? He had a good sinker, good slider and threw them when he wanted. I think he got 16 or 17 groundballs. So it just goes to show you that his stuff was good tonight and he certainly stayed off our barrel and didn’t put much in the middle of the plate. You have to tip your hat.”

The Rangers, who were blanked for the third time this season, reached base just four times against Kuroda. Elvis Andrus, who had walked in the first inning, ended the 37-year-old veteran’s no-hit bid with an infield single up the middle leading off the seventh.

Michael Young ended an 0-for-12 drought with a single up the middle leading off the eighth, while Mitch Moreland walked in the third.

“He was throwing the ball just off enough where it looked like it was going to be a strike, and we just expanded the zone,” said Josh Hamilton, who saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end. “And then knowing he’s got 94-95 in his back pocket makes it a little tough, but he did a good job of mixing it up, sliders to righties, split to lefties, he did a good job.”

The Rangers, who have scored more than two runs just once in their last five games, came in leading the majors in both runs scored and batting average, but Kuroda shut them down.

“I feel like this offense can get something going,” David Murphy said.

It had better if the Rangers want to earn a split in the Bronx.

Matt Harrison battles in loss

August, 14, 2012
NEW YORK -- Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison desperately wanted to plead his case to remain in the game.

But manager Ron Washington never gave him the chance.

“I couldn’t, he already took me out before he got out there,” said Harrison, who left with the score tied at 0-0 after giving up a single to Derek Jeter on his 106th pitch of the evening with one out in the seventh inning Tuesday.

“It’s tough to come out of games. You wanna be out there as long as possible. It’s a tie game and I really wanted to finish the inning. But they made a decision, and that’s what they wanted to do.”

The decision backfired. Right-handed reliever Alexi Ogando came in and surrendered back-to-back homers to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira, and the New York Yankees topped the Rangers, 3-0.

“He was outstanding,” Washington said of Harrison, who labored through the first four innings (81 pitches) before finding his grove and ultimately ending up a tough-luck loser. “Early on, he had some stressful innings, but he found a way to make pitches and get out of it. And then after the fifth inning, he settled in there and started getting some quick outs.”

Harrison (13-7) gave up just one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old walked three and struck out two. He worked in and out of trouble all evening, especially in the third, when he escaped a bases loaded jam by getting Curtis Granderson to fly out to center.

“I felt pretty good,” said Harrison, who is still one win shy of becoming the first southpaw in franchise history to get 10 wins on the road in a single season. “I struggled with command issues, but I was able to work things out and get into the seventh.”

In the fourth, Harrison was covered in sweat, which was dripping off his cap.

“It was just humid out there. I sweat a lot for some reason,” he said. “I got a new hat and went on with my business.”

In the end, Harrison was out-dueled by Hiroki Kuroda, who flirted with a no-no before finishing a complete-game two-hitter.

“It definitely makes it interesting,” Harrison said. “One mistake can cost you a ballgame. I was just trying to put up as many zeroes as I could and give us a chance.”

Harrison has lost three of his last five starts. He has a 1.26 ERA in two career starts at Yankee Stadium, compiling a 1-1 record. He is 2-4 with a 3.40 ERA in seven starts since July 1.

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Rangers 0

August, 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers avoided being no-hit, but they couldn’t avoid being shut out in a 3-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

What it means: Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda flirted with a no-no, dominated the best offense in baseball and finished off a complete-game two-hitter. The Rangers, who came in leading the majors in both runs scored and batting average, must now win their next two games to earn a split in the Bronx.

Ughando: Alexi Ogando had worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous six appearances. That’s history now. Brought into a scoreless game with a runner on first and one out in the seventh, Ogando served up back-to-back homers to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Prior to those homers, left-handed hitters were 15-for-70 (.214) off the 28-year-old right-hander.

Jinxed: Elvis Andrus ended Kuroda’s no-hit bid with an infield single up the middle to lead off the seventh. In the first six innings, only Andrus (first-inning walk) and Mitch Moreland (third-inning walk) reached base.

Tough-luck loser: Matt Harrison deserved a better fate. The 26-year-old left-hander gutted through 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but received no run support -- or help from his bullpen. Harrison (13-7), who threw 106 pitches, scattered five hits, walked three and struck out two. He was pulled by manager Ron Washington in favor of Ogando after surrendering a single to Derek Jeter with one out in the seventh. The move proved costly.

Remember: Harrison had gone 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA in his previous four starts since throwing a complete-game shutout July 15 in Seattle. He was plagued by a stomach virus in his last outing -- a 4 2/3-inning, five-run no-decision -- Aug. 8 in Boston.

MY got a hit: Michael Young snapped an 0-for-12 drought with a single up the middle to lead off the eighth.

Donezo: Josh Hamilton’s 11-game hitting streak and Nelson Cruz’s eight-game hitting streak both came to an end.

E-6: Andrus committed his 11th error of the season in the sixth inning.

Back in the bigs: Backup catcher Luis Martinez went 0-for-3 in his first start of the season, but called a tremendous game behind the plate.

Ouch: Reliever Tanner Scheppers was struck by a liner off the bat of Russell Martin in the eighth, but remained in the game to record the final out of the inning.

Up next: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64 ERA) tries to rebound from his first loss in his last seven decisions when he takes on RHP Freddy Garcia on Wednesday night in the Bronx.

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Hiroki Kuroda

August, 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are back at it for the second game of their four-game series tonight at 6:05 p.m. in the Bronx on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FSSW and MLB Network. The pitching matchup features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda. Here’s a look:

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Harrison (13-6, 3.31 ERA): The 26-year-old left-hander is 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA (15 ER/24.1 IP) in his last four starts since twirling a complete-game shutout on July 15 in Seattle. ... During that span, his ERA has ballooned from 2.87 to 3.31, still the ninth-lowest in the American League. He is 9-3 with a 2.45 ERA (26 ER/95.1 IP) in his last 14 starts. ... He will be working on an extended five days rest after registering a no-decision in his last start Wednesday afternoon in Boston (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 SO). ... It was his second-shortest outing of the season. ... Ranks among the AL leaders in wins (T-4th), ERA, CG (T-3rd, 3) and winning percentage (sixth, .684). ... Is 9-3 with a 3.24 ERA on the road. ... Would become the first Texas lefty to ever record 10 road victories in a season with a win tonight.

Kuroda (10-8, 3.24 ERA): Kuroda, who has been extremely reliable in his first year in pinstripes, will make his 24th start of the season Tuesday night. ... He has only faced Texas only twice in his career, going 0-2 with a 4.50. ERA. Pitched 6.2 innings against the Rangers on April 24, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in a 2-0 loss. ... Since May 27, he has won seven of his last nine decisions while lowering his ERA from 4.56 to 3.24 during that span. ... In his first nine starts, he went 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA.

Hitters: There isn’t much of a sample size for the Rangers against Kuroda, though Ian Kinsler is 2-for-5 with a homer against the 37-year-old Japanese righty. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-9 vs. Kuroda, while Nelson Cruz and Michael Young are 1-for-6. ... Alex Rodriguez is New York’s best hitter against Harrison (.417, five RBIs), but he’s on the DL. ... Nick Swisher and Jayson Nix both own a .400 batting average vs. the lefty. ... Mark Teixeira has just one hit in 10 at-bats off Harrison, but Curtis Granderson (.333) has two homers in 12 at-bats. ... Ichiro Suzuki has the biggest sample size (10-for-41).

Up next:

Wed. at NYY: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN

Thu. at NYY: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70), 12:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 8, Rangers 2

August, 13, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers opened their four-game series at Yankee Stadium with an 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night.

What it means: Like so many pitchers before him, Ryan Dempster is having an extremely difficult time making the transition from the National League to the American League. The Rangers’ prized trade-deadline acquisition was tagged for eight runs (all earned) on nine hits in six innings. In three starts with Texas, the 35-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA (16 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings).

Throttled in the third: During a 31-pitch third inning in which he faced 10 hitters, Dempster allowed five runs on five hits and walked two. The big blow during the frame came off the bat of Nick Swisher, who pulverized a 1-0 fastball into the second deck in right with one out for his sixth career grand slam -- and 200th career homer -- to put the Yankees ahead 4-2.

Consider: Dempster had given up six runs only once in 16 starts with the Chicago Cubs this season (2.25 ERA). He’s already done so twice with Texas (also eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his Rangers debut Aug. 2 versus the Angels).

Elias says: Dempster has given up 10 career grand slams, one shy of tying Kenny Rogers for the all-time record. Nolan Ryan and Mike Jackson also have given up 10.

Can’t beat 'em: Dempster is 0-4 in five career starts against the Yankees with a 7.62 ERA (24 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings).

And so it continues: Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a bloop single down the left-field line in the eighth.

Murph Dog: David Murphy, the team’s leading hitter since the All-Star break, slugged his first homer since July 27 -- and 10th of the season -- leading off the second. He also doubled in the fourth.

King of the diamond: Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a run scored Monday night and is hitting .400 (20-for-50) in his past 11 games.

Baserunning blunders: David Phelps picked off Ian Kinsler at first in the second and Andrus at second in the third.

Cruuuuz: Nelson Cruz had two hits and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to a season-high eight games.

Up next: LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31 ERA) looks to get the Rangers back on track against Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night in the Bronx.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Hiroki Kuroda

April, 24, 2012

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



Colby Lewis
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BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182