Texas Rangers: Mound Matchups

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Jeremy Guthrie

August, 3, 2012
8/03/12
12:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers look to keep the hot bats going as they hit the road for a three-game weekend set with the Kansas City Royals. The series opener features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (12-6, 3.19): The 26-year-old will be making his 21st start of the season. ... He is coming off back-to-back losses, allowing nine runs in 13 innings in those starts. ... It is just the second time he has recorded consecutive losses this season. ... Despite setbacks in his last two starts, Harrison is 8-3 with a 2.07 ERA in his last 12 starts. ... Gave up five runs on seven hits in seven innings in his last start, which was a loss to the Chicago White Sox last Saturday. ... Has not faced Kansas City this season, but gave up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work during the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. ... He is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five games -- four starts -- against the Royals in his career. ... Only career start in Kansas City came Aug. 27, 2008, when he allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Guthrie (3-11, 6.68 both AL and NL): The 33-year-old is slated to make his 18th start and 22nd appearance of the season. ... It will be his third start with the Royals since being acquired from the Colorado Rockies. ... Is 0-2 and has allowed 11 runs on 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings in his two starts with Kansas City. ... Has not registered a win since May 31 against the Houston Astros, when he gave up five runs on 12 hits in seven innings. ... Has gone 0-8 with five no-decisions since his last win. ... Threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his lone appearance against the Rangers this season, giving up just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in the Rangers 4-2 win over the Rockies on June 24.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 44-for-160 (.275) against Guthrie. ... Elvis Andrus (.462) is 6-for-13 with two doubles. ... Michael Young is 10-for-25 (.400) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 4-for-27 (.148) with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. ... Current Royals are 12-for-29 (.414). ... Billy Butler is 7-for-10 (.700) with a home run, a double and three RBIs. ... Yuniesky Betancourt, Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer are all 1-for-3.

Up Next:

Sat. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (5-6, 4.76) vs. LHP Will Smith (2-3, 5.94), 5:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at KC: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.96) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.22), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Matchup: Ryan Dempster vs. C.J. Wilson

August, 2, 2012
8/02/12
12:15
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will go at it for the fourth straight day to wrap up this four-game series. The matchup features RHP Ryan Dempster vs. LHP C.J. Wilson at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Dempster (5-5, 2.25): The 35-year-old is making his Rangers debut, despite being drafted by Texas in the third round of 1995 draft. ... He was acquired from the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday's trade deadline for two minor leaguers. ... It will be his 17th start of the season. ... His last start came at Pittsburgh on July 25 in a losing effort, giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings on the mound. ... From June 5-July 14, he had a scoreless inning streak of 33 innings. ... He won all five of his starts during that streak. ... It was the longest streak in the majors this season. ... He went spent three weeks on the disabled list in the middle of the steak from June 16-July 8 with a sore right lat muscle. ... He has never faced the Angels. ... They are the only team he has never pitched against in his career. ... Struck out all three batters he faced in his only appearance in Rangers Ballpark to save a Cubs' 5-4 win over the Rangers on June 19, 2007.

Wilson (9-7, 2.88): The 31-year-old is slated to make his 23rd start of the season. ... Despite having quality starts in four of his last five starts, he is winless in his last six starts. ... During that six game span, he is 0-3 with a 4.23 ERA. ... He is making his fourth start of his career against the Rangers, his former team. ... It will also be his third start in Arlington facing Texas. ... In his last start in Arlington, he gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work. ... Threw six shutout inning in his last start against the Rangers on June 2nd in Anaheim, but got a no-decision. ... He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA lifetime against Texas.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 23-for-82 (.280) against Wilson. ... Adrian Beltre is 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, one home run and four RBIs. ... Josh Hamilton is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run and RBI. ... Mike Napoli is 4-for-20 (.200) with a double, home run and two RBIs. ... Current Angels are 22-for-69 (.319) against Dempster. ... Albert Pujols is 18-for-55 (.327) with four doubles, seven home runs, 14 RBIs and 11 walks. ... Torii Hunter is 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. ... Chris Iannetta is 0-for-6.

Up Next:

Fri. at KC: LHP Matt Harrison (12-6, 3.19) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-11, 6.68), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (5-6, 4.76) vs. LHP Will Smith (2-3, 5.94), 5:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at KC: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.96) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.22), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Garrett Richards

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
9:00
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- After struggling in the first two games of this series, the Texas Rangers will be eager to make some headway against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The third game of this four-game series between AL West rivals features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Garrett Richards. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Darvish (11-7, 4.05): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star is fresh off his first professional loss when receiving four or more runs of support, a 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. ... He has 138 strikeouts on the season, the fifth-most in the AL and the most in Rangers history through 19 games. ... He also ranks among AL leaders in strikeouts per-9 (second, 10.15), wins (tied-fifth, 11) and opponent's average (seventh, .230) and leads all AL rookies in wins and strikeouts. ... He is third in the AL with 64 walks and tied for fourth in hit batters with nine. ... He leads the majors with six double-digit strikeout games, including four out of his last seven starts. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched against the Angels, striking out 25 and issuing 10 walks. ... He is 7-2 at Rangers Ballpark, having lost his last two home starts.

Richards (3-2, 3.91): The 24-year-old will make his ninth start this season pitching in place of Dan Haren, who is battling another bout of back stiffness. ... He has 3.31 ERA and a 1-1 record in three road starts (16 1/3 innings). ... He was 1-1 in three starts in the July with a 6.06 ERA through 16 1/3 innings. ... He is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers. ... He took a no-decision in his last start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss on Sept. 28, 2011, going five innings and allowing two hits (one home run), one run and three walks while striking out one.

Hitters: Darvish has held the Angels to a .174 batting average. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-9 with a double, a home run, three RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-8 with two walks and two strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 3-for-6 with an RBI and a walk. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. ... Rangers hitters are 4-for-18 against Richards. ... Michael Young is 1-for-3. ... Ian Kinsler is 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-1 with a home run with a walk. ... Josh Hamilton is 0-for-3.

Up next: Thur. vs. LAA: RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Jered Weaver

July, 31, 2012
7/31/12
12:30
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will battle it out in the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night. The matchup features LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Jered Weaver at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Holland (7-5, 4.74): The 25-year-old will make his 16th start and 17th appearance of the season. ... It will be his fifth start since making his return from the disabled list July 7. ... In his previous four starts, he is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA with quality starts in three of those four outings. ... He is third on the team in wins and fourth in strikeouts with 74, despite his one month stint on the DL. ... Had a successful start in his last outing, giving up three runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 5-3 win last Wednesday against Boston. ... He has four career starts in Arlington against the Angels, going 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA. ... Holds a 5-4 record and 5.27 ERA in 13 games -- 10 starts -- against the Angels in his career. ... Lost his lone start against Angels this season, giving up six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings July 20 in Anaheim.

Weaver (13-1, 2.26): The 29-year-old is making his 19th start of the season. ... He has won seven straight starts, which matches a career-best that he set in his rookie season (2006). ... Holds the lowest ERA in the league and is second in wins. ... Angels are 15-3 when he pitches. ... Gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings in his last start July 25 against the Kansas City Royals. ... It will be is 28th start of his career against Texas. ... In his three starts against the Rangers this season, he is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA. ... Holds a 10-7 lifetime record and 3.67 ERA against the Rangers, including two complete games.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 117-for-459 (.255) against Weaver. ... Elvis Andrus is 22-for-51 (.431) with a four doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs. ... Josh Hamilton is 10-for-40 (.250) with six doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is 12-for-53 (.226) with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and 16 strikeouts. ... Current Angels are 56-for-184 (.304) against Holland. ... Howie Kendrick is 8-for-28 (.286) with five doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. ... Torii Hunter is 6-for-24 (.250) with two home runs and four RBIs.

Up Next:

Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW

Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Ervin Santana

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
11:30
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will look to rebound from a series loss to the Chicago White Sox with a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington. The first game in this showdown of division rivals features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Ervin Santana at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN. A quick look at the matchup:

Oswalt (3-1, 5.22): The 34-year-old will be pitching on 12-days' rest after receiving an anti-inflammatory shot in his spine for back tightness last Monday. ... He is 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 18 1/3 innings in three starts at home this season, holding opponents to a .351 average at the Ballpark in Arlington. ... He has allowed just eight hits in his last two starts after giving up nine or more in each of his first three starts. ... The Angels are one of just three teams (also Red Sox and Indians) that Oswalt has never faced in his 12-year career. ... He is 6-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts (125 1/3 innings) against AL West clubs.

Santana (4-10, 6.00): The 29-year-old has the worst ERA in the Angels' starting rotation and has allowed the most home runs (23) and earned runs (74) on the pitching staff. ... His 74 earned runs are the third-most in the AL and fifth-most in the major leagues. ... The 2008 All-Star is currently riding a three-game losing streak after starting the season with six straight loses. ... He has struggled the most on the road this year, posting a 2-4 record and 6.96 ERA in 10 starts and 54 1/3 innings pitched. ... He is 12-10 with a 5.82 ERA in 25 career starts against the Rangers, throwing 154 2/3 innings with 181 hits, 107 runs (100 earned), 42 walks and 112 strikeouts. ... This year, he is 0-1 against the Rangers with a 32.40 ERA in just 1 2/3 innings pitched.

Hitters: Oswalt has allowed a .282 career batting average against current Angels hitters. ... Albert Pujols is batting .302 (26-for-86) with seven doubles, five home runs, 13 RBIs, six walks and seven strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 2-for-10 with an RBI and three strikeouts. ... Santana has allowed a career .308 batting average against Rangers hitters. ... Michael Young is batting .360 (27-for-75) with three doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, two walks and 16 strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .235 (12-for-51) with a triple, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four walks and eight strikeouts. ... Ian Kinsler is batting .388 (19-for-49) with six doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBIs, three walks and five strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 10-for-37 with a double, three home runs, four RBIs, a walk and 11 strikeouts.

Up next:

Tue vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW

Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Gavin Floyd

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
12:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox will battle it out in the series finale of this three-game set Sunday night. The contest features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Gavin Floyd at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Feldman (4-6, 5.37): The 29-year-old is making his 12th start and 18th appearance of the season. ... After losing his first six decisions, he has won his last four -- three as a starter and one in relief. ... He put together his best outing of the year Monday, throwing seven innings and giving up just one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in the Rangers' 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. ... Became just the second Rangers starter to pitch at least seven innings with one run or less, no walks and at least five strikeouts since the beginning of the 2010 season (Derek Holland did it on Sept. 2, 2011 at Boston). ... Has allowed one walk or less in nine of his 11 starts this season. ... Is 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 career games -- six starts -- against the White Sox. ... Had a no-decision July 4 at Chicago in a 5-4 Rangers loss, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.

Floyd (8-8, 4.46): The 29-year-old is slated to make his 19th start of the season. ... After having a stretch of six starts where he went 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA, he has turned things around by posting a 4-1 record and 1.67 ERA (six earned runs in 32 1/3 innings pitched) in his last five starts. ... Enters the series finale coming off a win against the Minnesota Twins on July 23 in which he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings of work. ... In that start, he surrendered a season-high six walks, which is the most since allowing seven free passes on April 13, 2009 at Detroit. ... Holds a 2-4 record and 4.97 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers. ... Is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... He was handed a loss in his last start against Texas on April 8, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 35-for-135 (.259) against Floyd. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, home run and four RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is 1-for-12 (.083) with four strikeouts. ... Current White Sox are 30-for-115 (.261) against Feldman. ... Paul Konerko is 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. ... Alex Rios is 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 3-for-18 (.167) with a double and three strikeouts.

Up Next:

Mon vs. LAA: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-10, 6.00 ERA) 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN
Tue vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Philip Humber

July, 28, 2012
7/28/12
11:00
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox square off in the second game of a three-game set Saturday night. The matchup features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Philip Humber at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (12-5, 3.02): The 26-year-old is making his 20th start of the season. ... In his last outing, he picked up a loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. ... Leadoff man reached base six of seven innings in the loss. ... Holds an 8-2 record and 1.69 ERA in his last 11 starts to drop ERA from 5.21 to 3.02. ... He ranks among the American League leaders in wins (3rd, 12), ERA (8th, 3.02), complete games (T3rd, 3), night ERA (2nd, 2.19) and winning percentage (8th, .706). ... Was named to the AL All-Star team for the first time this season. ... He was the AL Pitcher of the Month in June, going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. ... Had a seven-game winning streak from May 22-June 29, which was the longest single-season win streak of his career. ... Has faced the White Sox twice this season, going 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. ... Won in Arlington on April 8, giving up no runs in six innings, while taking the loss in Chicago on July 5, giving up two runs in eight innings of work.

Humber (4-5, 6.25): The 29-year-old is slated to make his 15th start and eighth road start of the season. ... Recorded a perfect game April 21 at Seattle in a 4-0 win over the Mariners. ... Since then, he is 3-5 with a 7.55 ERA in 12 starts. ... He was reinstated from the disabled list June 17 after being out with a right elbow flexor strain. ... He is coming off a loss on the road against the Detroit Tigers, where he gave up six runs on seven hits, including four home runs, in three innings. ... Has not earned a decision in three career games against the Rangers. ... He holds a 1.69 ERA in those starts, giving up one run in 5 1/3 innings. ... Has given up one run in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts in two appearances at Rangers Ballpark.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 4-for-13 (.308) against Humber. ... Ian Kinsler and Michael Young are each 1-for-2. ... David Murphy is 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. ... Current White Sox are 24-for-112 (.214) against Harrison. ... Alex Rios is 4-for-12 with an RBI and three walks. ... Kevin Youkilis is 4-for-14 a double, two home runs, four RBIs and five strikeouts. ... Paul Konerko is 3-for-18 with a double and an RBI.

Up Next:

Sun. vs. White Sox: RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 5.57) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Chris Sale

July, 26, 2012
7/26/12
11:30
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- After an off day Thursday, the Texas Rangers resume their 10-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The first game of this series features RHP Yu Darvish vs. LHP Chris Sale. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 130.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

Darvish (11-6, 3.88): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star ranks among the AL leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (second, 10.24), strikeouts (fourth, 132), wins (tied fourth, 11) and opponent average (sixth, .226). ... He ranks third in the AL in walks (61) and hit batters (9). ... His 11 wins and 132 strikeouts lead all AL rookies, and he leads MLB with six double-digit strikeout games (fifth pitcher in MLB history to have that many in his first 18 career games). ... He was the fastest pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in Rangers history, doing so in 15 games. ... Darvish has never faced the White Sox. ... He is 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA when facing a team for the first time.

Sale (11-3, 2.37): The 23-year-old has the second-best ERA in the AL (sixth-best in MLB) and is tied with Darvish for the fourth-most wins in the AL. ... He won his previous start against the Rangers this season, a 19-2 drubbing in which he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, one run and a walk while striking out four. ... He has the second-highest strikeout total on the White Sox staff (108) and has allowed the least home runs among Chicago starters (6). ... He won eight straight games before taking a loss in his last start against the Detroit Tigers. ... He has pitched well on the road, going 6-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 62 1/3 innings pitched in nine starts, but has has been even better at home at 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA in eight starts.

Hitters: Darvish has never faced a White Sox hitter. ... Sale has allowed a .211 career average to Rangers hitters. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-5 with a strikeout. ... Josh Hamilton is 1-for-3 with a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-3 with a strikeout. ... Elvis Andrus is 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.

Up next:

Sat. vs. CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. RHP Philip Humber (4-5, 6.25), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Sun. vs. CWS: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Josh Beckett

July, 25, 2012
7/25/12
3:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox wrap up a three-game series Wednesday with LHP Derek Holland taking on RHP Josh Beckett at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Holland (6-5, 4.84): The 25-year-old will make his 15th start and 16th appearance of the season. ... It will be his fourth start since returning from the disabled list July 7. ... He is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in his last three starts. ... Despite spending a month on the DL, he is tied for third on the team in wins and is fourth in strikeouts with 67. ... Suffered a loss in his last start in Anaheim on Friday, giving up six runs off nine hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. ... Holds a 8-3 record with a 3.59 ERA in 16 career games (13 starts) in July. ... He has not allowed more than two walks in eight consecutive starts. ... Is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts against Boston. ... He has won three straight games against the Red Sox, dating to 2009. ... Gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings in the Rangers' 6-3 win in Boston on April 18.

Beckett (5-8, 4.53): The 32-year-old is slated to make his 17th start of the season. ... He is coming off a loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 20, where he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. ... He is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in nine career starts against Texas. ... Picked up a loss in his lone outing against the Rangers this season. He gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work on April 18. ... Boasts a 3-1 career record with a 3.48 ERA in five career starts (all since 2006) at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It is the fourth-best ERA for visiting starters (minimum five starts) at Rangers Ballpark during that same time frame. ... He has allowed one run or less in three of those five starts in Texas.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 41-for-153 against Beckett. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Michael Young is 4-for-24 (.167) with a home run and three RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 5-for-26 (.192) with a double and 10 strikeouts. ... Current Red Sox are 16-for-78 against Holland. ... Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double. ... Adrian Gonzalez is 1-for-9 (.111) with three strikeouts. ... Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-11 (.091) with an RBI.

Up Next:

Fri. vs. White Sox: RHP Yu Darvish (11-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.37), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. White Sox: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. RHP Philip Humber (4-5, 6.25), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. vs. White Sox: Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Clay Buchholz

July, 24, 2012
7/24/12
11:00
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers play host to the Boston Red Sox in the second game of this three-game series, which features LHP Martin Perez vs. RHP Clay Buchholz. Perez will make his fifth career appearance (third start) in place of Colby Lewis, who is out for the season with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/MLBN. A quick look at the matchup:

Perez (1-1, 5.54): The 21-year-old has seen his only major league action during Lewis' two DL stints this season. ... His last outing for the Rangers was a relief appearance in a 7-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on July 14, when he pitched one inning and allowed no runs. ... His last MLB start was against the Minnesota Twins on July 6, when he pitched six innings and allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), three walks and three strikeouts and took the 5-1 loss. ... Since his last start, he has pitched a total of two innings in two relief outings in the majors and minors in the last 16 days. ... At 21 years, 87 days, he became the fifth-youngest pitcher in Rangers history to win a start when he beat the Oakland A's on June 30. ... He has never faced the Red Sox.

Buchholz (8-3, 5.19): The 27-year-old from Nederland, Texas has the second-most wins, hits allowed (108), earned runs (58) and home runs allowed (T-15) on the Red Sox pitching staff this season. ... He was 4-0 in June, including a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles on June 7. ... He has not pitched as well on the road as he has at home, posting a 3-2 record and 5.71 ERA in 41 innings pitched compared to a 5-1 record and 4.83 ERA in 59 2/3 innings pitched at Fenway Park. ... He is 1-3 i his career against the Rangers with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings pitched. ... He is riding a three-game losing streak against Texas, with his only win coming on April 21, 2008, when he threw six shutout innings.

Hitters: Perez has never faced a Red Sox hitter. ... Current Rangers hitters are batting .290 against Buchholz. ... Josh Hamilton is 1-for-12 with a double and five strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 4-for-7 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout. ... David Murphy is 6-for-9 with a double and a home run. ... Mike Napoli is 3-for-10 with one home run and three strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.

Up Next: Wed. vs. Bos.: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (5-7, 4.44), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Dan Haren

July, 22, 2012
7/22/12
11:00
AM CT


The Texas Rangers wrap up their eight-game road trip with the final game of this three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The third game of the Rangers' series with their AL West rivals features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Dan Haren. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (12-4, 2.87): The 26-year-old is tied with Gio Gonzalez for second in the majors in wins (12) behind David Price and R.A. Dickey. ... He has won four of his last five starts dating back to June 18. ... His team-best 2.87 ERA is also the seventh-best in the AL (17th in MLB). ... He has allowed 119 hits on the season, which is the most on the Rangers pitching staff and tenth-most in the AL. ... He is 3-3 in six career starts and ten appearances against the Angels, posting a 4.69 ERA in 42 2/3 innings with four quality starts. ... This season, he is 1-1 against the Angels with a 4.97 ERA, allowing eight hits, seven earned runs, five walks and eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. ... He is 1-0 in Angels Stadium this year, posting a 4.05 ERA in a quality start in 6 2/3 innings.

Haren (6-8, 4.86): The 31-year-old is making his first start since being placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... He has allowed the most hits (122) and thrown the second-most strikeouts (86) on the Angels' pitching staff. ... He has won three of his last five starts dating back to June 9. ... He is 2-5 at home, but has posted his best ERA in Aneheim at 4.53 in 55 2/3 innings pitched. ... He has lost his last five starts against the Rangers with his last win Oct. 3, 2010. ... He threw a complete game against the Rangers on July 31, 2010, taking credit for a 2-1 loss. ... This season he is 0-1 against Texas, posting a 3.60 ERA in his June 3 start and allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts in five innings.

Hitters: Harrison has allowed a .195 batting average against the Angels in his career. ... Alberto Callaspo is batting .174 (4-for-23) with a walk and a strikeout. ... Erick Aybar is 2-for-16 with two doubles and three walks. ... Mark Trumbo is 2-for-8 with a double, a home run, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-5 with a walk. ... Rangers hitters are batting .331 all-time against Haren. ... Michael Young is batting .327 (18-for-55) with three doubles, a home run, two walks and nine strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .436 (24-for-55) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs, seven walks and ten strikeouts. ... Ian Kinsler is batting .242 (8-for-33) with three doubles, three walks and six strikeouts. ... Elvis Andrus is 9-for-24 with two doubles and three strikeouts. ... David Murphy is 9-for-22 with a double, two home runs, a walk and three strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 6-for-18 with a double, a home run, a walk and three strikeouts.

Up Next: The Rangers return to Texas for a ten-game homestand that begins with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Here are the probable starters for that series:

Mon vs. BOS: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (10-4, 4.24), 7:00 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN.

Tue vs. BOS: RHP Colby Lewis (6-6, 3.43) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.19), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/MLBN.

Wed vs. BOS: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (5-7, 4.44), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez

July, 14, 2012
7/14/12
1:00
PM CT


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.

Up Next:

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

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Kevin Millwood

July, 13, 2012
7/13/12
2:00
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers resume play for the second half of the season following the All-Star break with a three-game road series against the Seattle Mariners. The first game back features LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Kevin Millwood at 9:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

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.

Up next:

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.

Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Cole De Vries

July, 8, 2012
7/08/12
10:00
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The skidding Texas Rangers will try to pick up one last win before the All-Star break in the final game of this three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Game 3 features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Cole De Vries at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Oswalt (2-1, 7.79): The 34-year-old is coming off of his first loss of the season, in which he issued a career-high 11 runs (nine earned) off of 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. ... Oswalt was the fifth starter in Rangers history to allow at least 11 runs in a game, the last being Scott Feldman, who gave up 12 against the Boston Red Sox in August of 2008. ... He has allowed nine or more hits in all three starts this year, including 13 hits in back-to-back starts, and has allowed opponents a .422 batting average with 35 total hits in 17 1/3 innings pitched. He had never allowed 13 hits in a game prior to 2012. ... The Rangers' single game record for hits allowed by one pitcher is 14. ... Oswalt is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three career starts against Minnesota, all with the Houston Astros. ... He lost his last start against the Twins in June of 2009, pitching a complete game and allowing five earned runs in the old Metrodome.

De Vries (2-1, 3.91): The 27-year-old rookie will make his fifth career start Sunday after a relief appearance against the Detroit Tigers on July 4. ... He has struggled on the road, posting a 6.75 ERA in three games (two starts), allowing 15 hits, 13 runs (nine earned), five home runs, one walk and nine strikeouts in 12 innings pitched, compared to a 0.82 ERA and seven hits in two starts (11 IP) at home. ... He has won his last two starts, both against the Kansas City Royals, and allowed 11 hits and six runs (five earned), one walk and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. ... He has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: Oswalt has faced five current Twins hitters, allowing 18 hits in 61 at-bats. ... Joe Mauer is 2-for-7 with a walk and a strikeout. ... Justin Morneau is also 2-for-7 with a double and a strikeout. ... Jamey Carroll is 2-for-8 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts. ... Ryan Doumit is 6-for-19 with two doubles and three strikeouts. ... Josh Willingham is batting .300 (6-for-20) with two doubles, two walks and four strikeouts. ... No Rangers hitters have faced De Vries.

Up Next: A record eight Rangers will be in action for the All-Star game on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on FOX. Texas will resume play after the break with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on the road starting Friday. Starting pitchers for that series have yet to be announced.

Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Francisco Liriano

July, 6, 2012
7/06/12
1:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- After being swept for the first time this year in their road series with the Chicago White Sox, the Texas Rangers are back home for their final three-game series before the All-Star break against the Minnesota Twins. The first game of the series features rookie LHP Martin Perez vs. LHP Francisco Liriano at 7:05 p.m. on 103.3/1540/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

Perez (1-0, 9.00): The 21-year-old will make his second career start and third appearance against the Twins on Friday. ... At 21 years and 87 days, he became the fifth-youngest Ranger ever to win a start when he earned a win against the Oakland A's last Saturday (5 1/3 IP, six hits, two earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts). ... Only David Clyde, Tommy Boggs, Len Barker and Ed Correa have had wins at a younger age for Texas. ... Perez is the fourth pitcher for Texas this season to win his first career major league start, joining Yu Darvish, Neftali Feliz and Justin Grimm. ... He went 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA through 84 1/3 innings pitched in 15 starts for the Triple-A Round Rock Express this year before he was recalled on June 26 when Colby Lewis went on the disabled list. ... He won his last two starts with Round Rock, holding opposing hitters to a .080 average (4-for-50).

Liriano (2-7, 5.40): The 28-year-old leads the Twins in strikeouts this season with 76 and innings pitched with 76 2/3. ... He was an All-Star in 2006, the AL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 and pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox on May 3, 2011. ... He started the season on a five-game losing streak, but has gone 2-2 in his last seven starts. ... He has greatly improved each month this season, posting a 2.87 ERA through 31 1/3 innings in five starts in June compared to a 4.56 ERA in May and a 11.02 ERA in April. ... He is 3-1 with a 3.44 ERA in seven career games against the Rangers. ... He won his last start against Texas in June 2011, pitching eight innings and allowing two hits, one earned run, no walks and nine strikeouts.

Hitters: Perez has never faced a Twins hitter. ... Current Rangers are batting .220 (20-for-91) against Liriano. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .280 (7-for-25) with two doubles, a home run, three walks and three strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 2-for-10 with a walk and four strikeouts. ... Ian Kinsler is also 2-for-10 with a double, a home run, a walk and three strikeouts. ... Michael Young is 3-for-13 with two walks and three strikeouts. ... David Murphy is 4-for-9 (.444) with three RBIs and a walk. ... Elvis Andrus is 0-for-9 with a strikeout.

Up next:

Sat. vs. Twins: LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Cole De Vries (2-1, 3.43), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. Twins: RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (4-5, 8.10), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ FSSW

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .315
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23