Texas Rangers: Ichiro Suzuki
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.
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.
Darvish (8-4, 3.02): Darvish makes a start after his first stint on the disabled list for a muscle strain in his back. The Rangers have said it was a precautionary move and he could have made last start before the All-Star break against Baltimore. ... Darvish lost his last start, allowing a season-high five runs in six innings on July 6 against last-place Houston. The Rangers' ace allowed eights and also walked a season-high tying four in the 8-5 loss. ... He hasn't pitched past the sixth inning in his last four starts, posting a 4.50 ERA. ... Darvish is tied for the major leagues lead in strikeouts with 157. ... His .190 opponents batting average in the third-lowest in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. ... Darvish is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees, facing Hiroki Kuroda both times. He took a no-decision June 25 at Yankee Stadium after allowing three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Nova (4-2, 3.63): Nova is making his eighth start of the season. ... He allowed a run on three hits in eight innings in a win over Kansas City on July 10. ... Nova has won two straight starts for the first time since winning five in a row last May and June. ... He has gone at least eight innings in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. ... Nova's average fastball velocity is 93.9 mph. He was demoted earlier in the season after going 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA for two starts. ... He is mainly throwing a fastball and curveball with an occasional slider mixed in. ... Nova is making his fifth career start against the Rangers. He is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA against Texas and won his only game at Rangers Ballpark, allowing a run and two hits in seven innings.
Hitters: Current Rangers have batted only .154 against Nova (10-for-65) with one home run by Ian Kinsler. Japanese rival Ichiro Suzuki is 7-for-14 against Darvish with two RBIs.
NEW YORK -- Derek Holland knew all too well about his ugly history against the Yankees.
Zero wins. Five losses. A robust career ERA of 8.85 against the Bronx Bombers, including an 8.06 mark at Yankee Stadium. Facing the Yankees had been a nightmare of sorts for the 26-year-old, and it became a motivating factor heading into Thursday's start against them.
On Thursday, Holland certainly showed that it is indeed a new year.
Holland pitched one of the best games of his career and exorcised some demons against the Yankees, throwing a dominant complete-game shutout in the Rangers' 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
He's the first Rangers pitcher to hurl a complete-game shutout in the Bronx since 1993, and the two hits he yielded are the fewest allowed by a Rangers starter in a complete-game shutout against the Yankees. Holland is also the first Rangers since 2002 to throw a complete-game shutout with two or less hits.
"It's huge," Holland said. "I haven't had great success against these guys. To be able to come in here into Yankee Stadium and give up only two hits in a shutout, that's very, very big, and it's a good boost to the confidence as well. I came into an unbelievable ballpark and (faced) a great ball club and made a statement."
Holland allowed a single to Ichiro Suzuki to start his afternoon, but surrendered just one more in the following 28 plate appearances. The Yankees' final hit was a single in the third by Austin Romine and their final base-runner came in the seventh inning on a walk. Holland breezed through the game, throwing just 92 pitches as he navigated the weakened Yankees lineup with ease.
Rangers catcher Geovany Soto praised Holland for being able to hit all his spots and throwing his off-speed pitches for strikes. Soto said Holland kept the ball down in the zone and called his command "excellent." Holland threw 63 of his pitches for strikes and issued just a pair of walks. The Yankees only advanced one runner into scoring position.
Holland has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings dating to his previous start against St. Louis.
"I thought I did a great job of staying on the outer thirds of everything," Holland said. "When you're going up against a ball club like that, they're very patient, it's a hard ball club to strike out. I thought I did a good job of staying outside the zone and the middle and getting what I could out of that."
In going the distance, Holland, who improved to 6-4, saved a taxed bullpen that had been worked hard as of late. Holland said he aimed to help out the bullpen as much as possible, and giving the unit the entire afternoon off left Texas manager Ron Washington elated.
"I think Derek deserves a heck of a lot of credit for giving that bullpen a break. We definitely needed it," Washington said. "I think before the game started I said I'd like to see him go nine, and he did. I just wish I had that kind of magic in Powerball."
NEW YORK -- With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the count 1-2, Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers threw New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki a 97 mph fastball.
Scheppers would like to have that pitch back.
Suzuki drilled a walk-off home run off Scheppers into the seats in right field, giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
“I think it was just the wrong pitch at the time,” a dejected Scheppers said. “He’s a great hitter. I probably showed him too many fastballs in that at-bat. I probably should’ve gone with something different.
“I’ll wear this loss tonight.”
Scheppers (5-1) threw Suzuki four fastballs. He got ahead 0-2 but couldn’t finish Suzuki off. The 26-year-old has now allowed just five runs in 39⅔ innings this season for a 1.13 ERA.
“It was supposed to be a fastball in, and it just leaked back over, and that was it,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.
Manager Ron Washington explained that he elected to keep Scheppers in instead of turning to left-hander Robbie Ross because Suzuki had much better splits against southpaws (.354 in 79 at-bats) than righties (.226 in 164 at-bats).
Had Scheppers gotten Suzuki, Ross would’ve been brought in to face Yankees superstar Robinson Cano.
“I felt good with Scheppers out there with Ichiro, but give Ichiro credit, he caught it,” Washington said. “I don’t think he ever went through a season where he didn’t hit a bomb. He just happened to hit one that won a game.”
Holland (7-6, 4.92 ERA): The 25-year-old, who is scheduled to make his 19th start, is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last five starts. ... Over those five starts, his ERA has increased by nearly a half-run, from 4.57 to 4.92. ... In seven starts since returning from the disabled list (left shoulder fatigue), Holland has had four quality starts but has allowed six runs in each of the other three outings. ... Holland was a hard-luck loser in his last start, giving up just three hits in 7 2/3 innings against Detroit but getting out dueled by Tigers ace Justin Veralnder. ... Holland is 0-5 with 9.09 ERA in six career regular-season starts against the Yankees.
Nova (11-6, 4.70 ERA): The 25-year-old, who is scheduled to make his 24th start, has just two wins in his last nine starts. ... Nova last started Aug. 11 vs. Toronto. He gave up two earned runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings and got the win. ... It was his fourth career start with at least 10 strikeouts and the third time he's done it this year (also 5/19 against Cincinnati and 7/8 against Boston). ... Nova will be making his fourth career start against the Rangers. In his previous three, he went 201 with a 4.67 ERA. At home, Nova is 2-1 with an 8.10 ERA against Texas.
Hitters: None of the Rangers have an extensive history against Nova. Josh Hamilton is 2-for-3 with an RBI double and Ian Kinsler is 2-for-6 with a homer and three walks. Adrian Beltre has struggled, going 1-for-9. Michael Young, who had the day off Wednesday but is expected to be in the lineup Thursday, is 3-for-8 with a double and three RBIs. ... It's fair to say that some key Yankees have had their way with Holland. Derek Jeter is 9-for-16 with three doubles and two RBIs. Robinson Cano is 7-for-19 with a triple, homer and five RBIs and Mark Teixeira is 7-for-18 with three homers and eight RBIs. New Yankee Ichiro Suzuki is 8-for-32 with two doubles and three RBIs against Holland.
Fri at Toronto: RHP Yu Darvish (12-8, 4.54 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (8-10, 5.04 ERA), 6:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
|Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre discusses the team's issues pushing in runners, Josh Hamilton's struggles and the trade deadline.
"We hope that, collectively, we'll be able to capitalize in those situations where we (don't) let the starter escape when he's in the hole and give him more momentum, some more confidence."
The Rangers have scored 57 runs in July, the fewest this month in the American League. In the 17 games, the Rangers are 26-for-123 (.211) with runners in scoring position. Beltre is a .308 hitter with RISP for the season.
Beltre also discussed what he sees when he watches Josh Hamilton at the plate, the season-ending injury to Colby Lewis and the trade market (including former teammate Ichiro Suzuki being dealt and what the Rangers might do).
Late in Wednesday's game, Beltre was hit in the left side of the head by a 92-mph pitch from Vicente Padilla and left the game. An exam revealed no concussion, but he has a contusion.
Due to time limitations, only a portion of this interview aired on last night's radio broadcast. Listen to the podcast for the extended version.
With the help of his sinker and some nice defensive plays, that’s exactly what Harrison was able to do Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
He had trouble with his command in the first two innings. Harrison gave up two walks and singles in that span, but his defense was able to bail him out each time.
With two on and two outs in the first, shortstop Elvis Andrus fielded Justin Smoak’s ground ball to end the inning. Put in the same situation in the second following a walk to Chone Figgins, who’s batting .185 this season, Harrison was bailed out by second baseman Ian Kinsler. Brendan Ryan hit a line drive right at Kinsler.
“I owe a lot of the game to them,” Harrison said. “Every ball put in play, they made the play.”
Harrison retired six straight batters in the third and fourth on ground balls and fly balls, but he found himself in trouble again in the fifth.
With Michael Saunders on with a leadoff single, third baseman Adrian Beltre made a great catch on a Figgins line drive and threw to first for the double play. It was one of many hard-hit ground balls Beltre fielded cleanly for Harrison.
“I was praying he had a cup on because the way he was catching some of them, I was worried there,” Harrison said.
Beltre’s gold glove came in handy in the seventh to help extend Harrison’s outing. He fielded his second double play in the seventh on a ground ball from Ryan. Kinsler turned the throw from second to Michael Young at first to end the threat with runners at first and second.
“He’s a guy that pounds the strike zone and throws a lot of sinkers and cutters,” Beltre said. “We know we’re going to have a busy day when he’s throwing, which is good. He’s the type of guy you want out there keeping you on your toes.”
Closer Joe Nathan was active in the bullpen, but he stopped throwing and soon sat down during Harrison’s 12-pitch eighth inning. Ichiro Suzuki grounded out on two pitches, which paved the way for Harrison’s second strikeout -- a six-pitch at-bat against Casper Wells. Jesus Montero flied out to deep center field but fell short in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks.
“You’re going to get away with a few more mistakes than you would at our place,” Harrison said. “The biggest thing here is getting ahead of guys and make them swing the bats. ... It definitely works to your advantage when you have a park like that when you can go out and throw strikes and make them put the ball in play.”
Harrison topped his eighth inning performance with a seven-pitch ninth. In an ironic ending to a game where he only collected three strikeouts, he ended the with a strikeout of Miguel Olivo.
“That’s something we have to learn as a staff is to put innings away,” Washington said. “He kept trusting what he was doing and he worked around some things and finished the ballgame.”
Harrison's won eight consecutive starts against the Mariners dating back to May 1, 2010, which is the third longest consecutive winning streak against an opponent in club history. His 12th win is tied for the most in baseball and he has a 2.87 ERA.
“It’s a good start for the second half for me and I hope to continue building on that,” Harrison said.
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners will battle it out in the rubber match of this three-game AL West showdown today. The matchup features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma at 3:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup.
Harrison (11-4, 3.10): The 26-year-old will be making his 18th start of the season in the series finale. ... It is his first start after the All-Star Game, in which he allowed three runs on four hits in the fourth inning. ... It was his first time to be selected for the All-Star Game. ... In the first half of the season, he shared the AL lead in wins with Tampa Bay's David Price. ... He was named June AL Pitcher of the Month. ... He has more success against the Mariners than any other opponent. with an 8-1 record with a 2.51 ERA in 15 career games -- 11 starts. ... He has won his last seven starts against the Mariners. ... He has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts.
Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84): The 31-year-old is making his 16th appearance of the season but just his second start. ... He made his first start of the season July 2 against the Baltimore Orioles, giving up three runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. ... He made one appearance, in relief, against the Rangers this season on May 30 in Arlington. He gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and no strikeouts in three innings. ... He has an ERA of 2.95 at home compared to a 7.71 mark on the road.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 5-for-13 (.385) against Iwakuma. ... Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler are each 1-for-1 with a double. ... Adrian Beltre has not recorded a hit in two career at-bats. ... Current Mariners are 32-for-166 (.193) lifetime against Harrison. ... Alex Liddi is 4-for-9 with three walks. ... Ichiro Suzuki is 10-for-38 (.263) with a double, triple and two RBIs. ... Dustin Ackley is hitless in 15 at-bats with three strikeouts.
Tue. at Oak.: RHP Roy Oswalt (2-1, 6.26) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (6-7, 3.80), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed. at Oak.: TBA vs. LHP Travis Blackley (2-2, 2.63), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will face off against the Seattle Mariners in the second game of this three-game series at 8:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. This divisional matchup features RHP Yu Darvish against RHP Felix Hernandez. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (10-5, 3.59): The 25-year-old is making his first start of the second half and 17th start of the year. ... Was a member of the American League All-Star team but did not pitch in the game Tuesday in Kansas City. ... His last outing was on July 1 vs. Oakland when he suffered his first career lost at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In that start he pitched seven innings, giving up just three runs on five hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The loss ended a three-game winning streak. ... Has recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts three times this season and at least 10 strikeouts five times, which is most in the A.L. and tied with the Mets' R.A. Dicky for most in the big leagues. ... His 10 wins and 117 strikeouts leads all rookies. ... The wins set the Rangers record for wins by a rookie before the All-Star break. ... Ranks among the A.L. lead in strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched (2nd, 10.26), wins (t-3rd, 10), strikeouts (4th, 117) and opponent's average (6th, .227). ... Is 1-1 with a 8.38 ERA in two starts vs. Seattle. ... Last start against the Mariners came in a 6-1 loss May 21 on the road in which he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts in four innings pitched.
Hernandez (6-5, 3.13): The 26-year-old is slated to make his 19th start of the season. ... He was named to the American League All-Star team but did not pitch. ... Has not recorded a win in his last two starts. ... Has 11 quality starts this season. ... Has pitched at least seven innings 11 times this year, including six outing of at least eight innings. ... Tied with Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg for most strikeouts in the major leagues with 128. ... Has a 2.52 ERA in nine starts at home this year. ... Recorded a win in his only matchup against the Rangers this season on May 21 in Seattle. He gave up just one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings of work on the mound.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 112-for-438 (.256) all-time against Hernandez. ... David Murphy is 19-for-60 (.317) with four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and 13 strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 12-for-47 (.255) with a double, three home runs, four RBIs and 10 strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-45 (.178) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, four RBIs, eight walks and 13 strikeouts. ... Current Mariners are 12-for-40 (.300) off Darvish. ... Ichiro Suzuki is 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, a triple and two RBIs. ... Michael Saunders is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Sun. vs. Seattle: LHP Matt Harrison (11-4, 3.10) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84), 3:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
The Texas Rangers started the second half of the season right with a 3-2 road win against the Seattle Mariners after the All-Star break. The Rangers halted a ninth-inning rally from Seattle, but failed to preserve a shutout. The Rangers got their offense going with nine hits, and Derek Holland got the win, throwing 7 2/3 shutout innings. Some thoughts on the win:
What it means: The Rangers are still tied with the New York Yankees for the most wins in the major leagues with a 53-34 record. With the win, they also improved their AL West lead to five games over the Los Angeles Angels.
Pitchers duel: Holland and former Ranger Kevin Millwood put on a show. The game was scoreless through the first four innings and both teams had a combined four hits through four innings. Holland had back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the second and third innings and again in the fifth and sixth. Holland also got out of a one-out jam in the fourth inning. Millwood retired nine straight after a leadoff single from Ian Kinsler in the first. Millwood's dominance dwindled in the fifth inning. In the end, Holland proved the better starter as he posted a quality start and came close to a complete game shutout. Holland finished with four hits, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
The offense gets going: At first it appeared the offense was still in it's funk that began before the All-Star break, as the Rangers were scoreless with two hits through the first four innings. But the bats got going in the fifth inning with the help of a timely Mariners mistake. Michael Young and David Murphy hit singles to begin the inning and Mike Napoli hit into what should have been a double play, but turned into a fielder's choice when Dustin Ackley lost his grip on the ball after the putout at second. One out later, Kinsler hit an RBI single, but Napoli was called out at home to end the inning with the score 1-0. The Rangers scored again in the sixth after a Josh Hamilton single and an Adrian Beltre two-run homer to make the score 3-0. In the eighth inning, Nelson Cruz was inches away from a solo homer to deep center, but settled for a double. Seven Rangers finished the game with at least one hit.
Walking into danger: Holland narrowly avoided disaster in the fourth inning when he allowed a one out single and back-to-back walks to load the bases. Former Rangers first baseman Justin Smoak stepped up to the plate and worked a full count. After a 10 pitch battle, Smoak popped up to Elvis Andrus. With the bases still loaded, Miguel Olivo hit what looked like a single to right field, but Cruz caught up to it to end the inning and keep the score tied at zero.
Young stays hot: Young built upon his season-high four hit game in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins before the All-Star break with another solid performance. He went 2-for-4 and scored the first run of the game.
Napoli's struggles continue: Napoli had another hitless game accompanied by a familiar strikeout in the eighth inning. He managed to reach base twice on a fielder's choice in the fifth and a walk in the seventh. He also got credit for a stolen base in the fifth. He is 2-for-18 in the month of July and was batting .225 prior to Friday's game. He left the game after the eighth with a bruised right quad.
Nathan saves the day: Joe Nathan earned his 19th save of the season in stressful fashion. He failed to preserve the shutout when he had to pitch out of a jam to preserve the Rangers' win in the ninth inning. Kyle Seager hit a one-out single followed by two more singles from Smoak and John Jaso to load the bases. Michael Saunders hit an RBI single to erase the shutout, but was caught in a rundown between first and second base for the second out. Smoak then scored on a wild pitch to cut the Rangers' lead to one. The situation became more stressful when Nathan walked Carlos Peguero with a full count. Nathan finished the game when he struck out Ackley.
One-man show: The Mariners had only two hits through the first six innings, both off the bat of Casper Wells. Wells finished 2-for-4. The Mariners got their third hit from Seager, who hit a leadoff single in the seventh. Seattle finished with seven hits.
Sat at SEA: RHP Yu Darvish (10-5, 3.59) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.13), 8:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
Sun at SEA: LHP Matt Harrison (11-4, 3.10) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84), 3:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
Holland (5-4, 5.05): The 25-year-old will make his second start since returning from the disabled list, a stint which caused him to miss 28 games from June 5-July 7. ... In his last start, Holland pitched six innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, one home run, two walks and four strikeouts in the Rangers' 4-3 extra-innings win over the Minnesota Twins. ...Has pitched the fourth-most innings for the Rangers at 73, is tied with Yu Darvish for the most earned runs on the team with 41 and is second in home runs allowed with 12. ... Has been at his best on the road this season, posting a 3.23 ERA and 3-1 record in five starts and 30 2/3 innings pitched. ... Is 6-2 in 12 career games (eight starts) against the Mariners, posting a 4.26 ERA through 57 1/3 innings pitched. ... Is 1-1 in two starts this season against the Mariners with a 10.00 ERA in nine innings pitched. ... He allowed eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched in his last start against the Mariners, taking the loss in a 21-8 home defeat that raised his season ERA from 4.05 to 5.11.
Millwood (3-6, 3.69): The 37-year-old former Rangers starter (2006-09) will make his 432nd career start and the 17th of the season against Texas. ... Is tied with Felix Hernandez for the most walks on the Mariners' pitching staff with 35. ... Has comparatively struggled at home this season, going 1-2 in seven starts with a 5.29 ERA through 34 innings pitched compared to a 2-4 record and 2.72 ERA on the road. ... Is 1-2 in six career starts against the Rangers with a 3.16 ERA through 37 innings pitched. ... Is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts against Texas this season, allowing 11 hits and two earned runs and tossing six walks and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
Hitters: Mariners hitters are batting .274 (40-for-146) off of Holland. ... Ichiro Suzuki is .250 (7-for-28) with two doubles, a walk and a strikeout. ... Chone Figgins is .318 (7-for-22) with two doubles and six strikeouts. ... Dustin Ackley is 3-for-13 with a double and five strikeouts. ... Justin Smoak is 5-for-15 with two doubles, a walk and two strikeouts. ... Millwood has allowed a .251 batting average (46-for-183) against Rangers hitters. ... Michael Young is 5-for-18 with a home run, a walk and four strikeouts. ... Mike Napoli is 6-for-18 with four doubles, a home run, a walk and six strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 4-for-10 with a double, a home run, two walks and a strikeout. ... Adrian Beltre is a career .247 (20-for-81) with four doubles, three home runs, three walks and nine strikeouts.
Sat at SEA: RHP Yu Darvish (10-5, 3.59) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.13), 8:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
Sun at SEA: LHP Matt Harrison (11-4, 3.10) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84), 3:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers take on the Mariners in Game 2 of this three-game set at Rangers Ballpark. It's Scott Feldman taking on Jason Vargas.
Here's a breakdown:
Feldman (0-2, 4.66): Feldman looks for his first victory of the season as he makes his fourth start. Feldman, 29, moved into the rotation when Neftali Feliz was placed on the disabled list May 24. In Feldman's last start, also against the Mariners, he was knocked out after 4 1/3 innings when he gave up a grand slam to Alex Liddi. Feldman gave up a season-high five earned runs on just three hits. But the threw 73 pitches in the outing. Manager Ron Washington said Feldman isn't pitching for his spot on the rotation. Feldman is 3-4 in 10 career starts versus Seattle, with three consecutive losses.
Vargas (5-4, 3.39): He lost his last start, to the Los Angeles Angels, when he gave up three earned runs in seven innings of work. Vargas has lost two of his last three starts. He picked up his last win May 19 at Colorado, when he also went seven innings. In 13 career appearances against Texas, he's 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA. Vargas is making his 12th start of the season and has lost only once at Rangers Ballpark in his career.
Hitters vs. Feldman: Chone Figgins .229, Ichiro Suzuki .290 and Justin Smoak .400.
Hitters vs. Vargas: Elvis Andrus .208, Josh Hamilton .150 and Ian Kinsler .435.
Wed. vs. Sea.: LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Thu.: Off day
Fri. at LAA: RHP Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.58) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.81), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/Ch. 21
Sat. at LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
How it happened: Walks have been an issue for Darvish in his rookie campaign. He had 26 coming into his ninth start -- his second against the Mariners. He issued a career-high six free passes in his four innings of work Monday, and three of those walked batters scored. Darvish left with a 5-0 deficit and took his second loss of the season. ... Felix Hernandez had the Rangers headed toward their first shutout until Mitch Moreland led off the eighth inning with his seventh home run, only the fourth allowed by Hernandez this season. Hernandez lasted eight innings for his fourth win.
|Rangers manager Ron Washington visits with Bryan Dolgin to talk about Yu Darvish and the Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Mariners.
Neftali Feliz shelved: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels joined the radio broadcast in the third inning on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network and talked about Feliz being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained UCL (ulner collateral ligament) in his right elbow.
“The prognosis is actually pretty good given it’s the type of sprain [the medical staff] think can heal with time and medicine,” Daniels told Eric Nadel during the radio broadcast. “There’s a chance he could start throwing after four weeks, but more likely it will be another two. Potentially six weeks down and then start a throwing program.”
Tateyama recalled: RHP Yoshinori Tateyama took the Feliz's spot on the 25-man roster. He was 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 12 relief appearances at Triple-A Round Rock. Tateyama went two innings against the Mariners on Monday and gave up one run and struck out two.
Feldman filling in: RHP Scott Feldman takes Feliz’s spot in the starting rotation for now. He will start Wednesday afternoon's tilt.
First move: The Feliz roster move is the first on the 25-man roster for the Rangers this season. May 21 is now the latest date the Rangers have ever gone in a season before making their first roster move. The previous latest move was May 9, 1976, when John Ellis was placed on the DL with a fractured ankle and Ken Pape was recalled from the minors.
Sick talk: Dave Barnett was ill and unable to join Tom Grieve for the television broadcast. Steve Busby moved to the TV booth. Eric Nadel handled the radio broadcast solo until Jon Daniels joined him during the third, fourth and fifth innings. Former MLB pitcher Bill Krueger joined Nadel for the sixth and seventh innings.
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Hernandez (3-3, 3.02): Hernandez is 1-1, with a 0.78 ERA this season at Safeco Field, where he's compiled 27 strikeouts over 23 innings. In his last start, Hernandez took a 9-3 loss at Cleveland, giving up eight runs, six earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He walked three and gave up 10 hits while throwing 103 pitches. He hasn't won a game since May 5 against Minnesota.
Texas hitters: Against Hernandez, Elvis Andrus is hitting .349, Michael Young .288 and Josh Hamilton .195.
Seattle hitters: Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .750 against Darvish, while Dustin Ackley and Chone Figgins are a combined 0-for-6.
But Ichiro volunteered praise for Darvish’s demeanor after the Rangers’ 11-5 win Monday night over the Seattle Mariners.
“My impression was good. Not his pitching, but just in general,” Ichiro said through an interpreter after going 3-for-4 with a bloop single, a double and a sharply hit single off Darvish. “After he was taken out of the game, you saw the crowd with that standing ovation, but he didn’t tip his cap. You could tell that he wasn’t very happy [or] satisfied with his pitching. That shows pride. That’s a good mentality. That’s what I liked about him.”
It wasn’t the kind of performance that fulfilled expectations for Darvish, in whom the Rangers made a nine-figure investment to bring over from Japan. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings, getting the win due to the run support from the Rangers’ homer-happy lineup.
But the home crowd of 42,003 appreciated Darvish’s grit and determination after he got roughed up in the early going. Seattle scored four runs in the first and tacked on another in the second, but Darvish recovered with four scoreless innings to get the ball to the Rangers’ bullpen horses with a lead.
“He’s definitely got good stuff,” said No. 5 hitter Kyle Seager, who went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs against Darvish. “Fortunately for us today, we were able to get ahead of him, especially early. We got in good hitters’ counts and we were able to get some runs across there. I felt like we put pressure on him the rest of the game. We just didn’t get that big hit that we needed to get us over the edge.”
There was a lot of talk in the Seattle clubhouse about a lack of familiarity with Darvish’s stuff, but the Mariners had all their success against him in the time and a half through the lineup.
“He throws hard. That slider is deceptive,” said No. 9 hitter Brendan Ryan, who went hitless. “You just like seeing one guy over and over. That kind of thing, the more comfortable that you’ll feel. I’m sure he’s going to pitch a lot better than he did tonight, and I’m sure that he’s not very satisfied with it.”
Seattle second baseman Munenori Kawasaki had plenty of experience against Darvish, having gone 19-for-86 with 19 strikeouts against him in the Japan League.
“He’s been a great pitcher in Japan and I’m sure he’ll be very successful here, too,” Kawasaki said through a translator after going 1-for-2 with a walk against Darvish on Monday. “I’m sure he’ll pick it up and do much better as he moves forward.”
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