American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (80-58) at Oakland Athletics (79-59), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (12-6, 2.73)
Oakland - Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.59)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish has been one of the best pitchers in baseball
However, that hasn't been the case for him against the Oakland Athletics and
if that continues to be the trend on Wednesday the Rangers won't have sole
possession of first place in the American League West.
Darvish tries to help the Rangers extend their lead atop the division, as they
close out a three-game set with the A's at O.co Coliseum.
The Japanese right-hander flirted with a no-hitter on Friday against
Minnesota, but surrendered back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and
was charged with the loss, dropping him to 12-6 on the year to go along with a
"Yes, I'm very frustrated," said Darvish, who struck out 11 in the loss and
leads the majors with 236 strikeouts.
Darvish could continue to be frustrated on Wednesday, as he has lost twice
already to the A's this season and has dropped his last four starts to them
while posting a 5.18 ERA.
Texas moved a game back in front of the A's on Tuesday, as Martin Perez won
his sixth straight start in leading the Rangers to a 5-1 victory.
The A's won the opener of this three-game series on Labor Day to pull even
atop the division, but Oakland's four-game winning streak came to an end as
Perez (9-3) gave up just one run on eight hits over seven effective frames.
"Every time he goes out there, it's another experience," said Texas manager
Ron Washington about Perez. "I just think we need to let him continue to grow
and whatever expectations come up on him, let him put it on himself."
Jurickson Profar went 2-for-3 with a run scored and another driven in, while
Alex Rios and Mitch Moreland both added solo homers in the win for the
Rangers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
A's starter Bartolo Colon (14-6) lasted just five innings after allowing eight
hits and four runs, though only one was earned.
"It's not like they knocked him around," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
"Quite a few bloop hits, hit the one home run."
Oakland stands a good chance at finding the win column again, as it hands the
ball to righty Jarrod Parker, who hasn't lost since falling to the Rangers
back on May 22. In fact, he is 8-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 17 starts since that
setback. The unbeaten streak is tied with Catfish Hunter for the longest in
franchise history among starters.
Parker did not get a decision on Friday against Tampa Bay, as he surrendered
three runs and six hits in seven innings of a 4-3 win.
Parker, who beat Darvish back on June 18, is 5-1 lifetime versus the Rangers
with a 2.93 ERA in six starts.
Texas has won nine of 15 from the A's this season.
09/04 10:48:52 ET