PHOENIX -- The Texas Rangers (32-19) look to avoid being swept in the split doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks (29-22) when ace right-hander Yu Darvish opposes right-hander Trevor Cahill at 8:40 p.m. CT on Monday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. Arizona won the day’s first game 5-3.
Darvish (7-2, 2.84):
The 26-year-old is scheduled to make his team-high 11th start of the season ... will be working on extended five days' rest in his first interleague game of 2013 ... suffered hard-luck loss in his last start on Tuesday, a 1-0 defeat to Oakland (6 IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 5SO, 1HR, 101 pitches/56 strikes) … his seven wins are tied for second in the American League, trailing only Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Moore ... leads the majors with 91 strikeouts and 12.29 SO/9 ratio ... has struck out 34.7 percent of batters faced this season (91 of 262) ... third in majors with American League-best .179 opponents' batting average ... his .109 opponents' batting average on the road (10-92) is the best in the bigs, by almost 50 points (.155 Kershaw) ... has never faced the D-backs ... has majors' second highest run support average (8.24) ...is 1-for-3 at the plate in his major league career, all at-bats coming in a win at the San Diego Padres on June 20, 2012.
Cahill (3-2, 2.81): Cahill is making his 11th start of the season ... in his last start, he allowed a season-high-tying four runs in six innings during a 4-1 loss at the Colorado Rockies ... making his 16th career start against Texas, first with Arizona; his teams are 11-4 in his previous starts ... has allowed four earned runs or less in 28 straight starts since June 27, 2012, the longest current active streak in the majors ... in six home games, is 1-3 with 2.50 ERA ... second in majors with .105 opponents' batting average with runners in scoring position (Matt Moore .071) ... is second in majors in ground ball pct. (71.4) and ground ball to fly ball ratio (2.50, 105:42) ... is 2-for-20 at the plate (.095) this season with a double, a triple and two RBIs.