American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (23-30) at Texas Rangers (34-21), 3:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Ervin Santana (3-5, 3.33)
Texas - Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.03)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish will try to continue to pile up the strikeouts
as he takes to the hill for the Rangers on Sunday in the rubber match of a
three-game set between the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals got into the win column for the second time in three games on
Saturday with a 4-1 win in extra innings over the Rangers. David Lough was hit
by a pitch with the based loaded in the 10th inning and then George Kottaras
hit a two-run double to lift the Royals to the victory.
James Shields was stellar yet again for the Royals, tossing seven innings of
one-run ball but did not factor in the decision. Aaron Crow got the win after
pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Greg Holland locked up his
ninth save of the season with a perfect 10th inning.
Nick Tepesch allowed just one unearned run on a passed ball over 6 1/3 innings
as the starter for the Rangers, but it was Robbie Ross who took the loss after
allowing all three runs in the 10th inning. Texas had won back-to-back games
before Saturday, including a 7-2 win in game one of this series.
Going up against a team he is very familiar with will be Ervin Santana who
will make the start on Sunday afternoon's contest for the Royals.
Santana spent his first eight seasons pitching for the Rangers' American
League West Division rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before moving to
Kansas City this season. That has given Santana plenty of opportunities
against the Rangers who he has faced 27 times, which is tied for the second-
most with the 29 appearances against Seattle the top mark. In those 27 outings
Santana has a winning record (13-11) but also a 6.04 ERA.
In his first year with the Royals, Santana is 3-5 with a respectable 3.33 ERA
while he has struck out 57 batters in 70 1/3 innings pitched. Though it is
early Santana's 1.095 WHIP is currently on pace to be the lowest of his career
Though he has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his last two starts,
Santana hasn't really pitched well. He has lost four straight decisions and
has allowed nine total runs over 15 innings of work in the last two starts.
Darvish, meanwhile, tied a season-high by fanning 14 batters in his last
start, but also allowed four runs over 7 2/3 innings of work in a 5-4 loss to
Arizona. Darvish has now allowed four runs in two of his last three games and
has been tagged for at least three in five of the last six.
Even with the recent struggles, Darvish is still the ace of the Rangers with a
7-2 record and an ERA of 3.03. Darvish's 14 strikeouts were indicative of how
deceptive he has been this season as he has a major league-leading 105 punch-
outs on the campaign. That total is 14 more than the second-most in the
Darvish has made one start against Kansas City previously. That outing came
last season when he allowed three runs over seven innings and picked up a win.
The Rangers won five of nine against the Royals last season.
06/02 10:17:46 ET