American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 18th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (42-30) at Texas Rangers (39-31), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Jarrod Parker (5-6, 4.45)
Texas - Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.64)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish targets his first win in six starts on Tuesday
when the Texas Rangers continue a four-game series against the Oakland
Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Darvish is 0-1 over his last five starts, but is pitching to a 2.08 ERA in
that span and hasn't received a decision in any of his last four outings.
The Japanese flamethrower was terrific against Toronto on Thursday, as he
allowed a run and three hits in seven innings of a 3-1 loss. He also fanned
Over his last five starts, the Rangers have scored just seven runs while
Darvish has been on the mound for an average of 1.82 runs per nine innings. In
contrast, the team crossed the plate an average of 6.83 times per nine innings
through his first nine starts.
"I'm not amazed, this is baseball," Darvish said. "Anything can happen. Some
games you get a lot of run support, and some games you don't. My approach to
the game is the same -- try to minimize the damage as much as I can. My job is
to contribute to the team as much as possible and make the game as close as
Darvish lost to Oakland earlier and is 1-3 in four starts against them with a
3.81 ERA in four starts.
Oakland, meanwhile, will counter with red-hot right-hander Jarrod Parker, who
has won his last three decisions and is 5-6 with a 4.45 ERA. Parker did not
get a decision his last time out on Thursday against the New York Yankees, as
he allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings of his team's amazing 3-2,
After allowing a two-run home run to Robinson Cano in the first inning of that
one, Parker responded by retiring 21 of the next 24 batters he faced.
Parker lost to the Rangers back on May 22, but is 3-1 lifetime against them
with a 3.00 ERA in four starts.
Texas got off the schneid in Monday's opener, as Nelson Cruz belted a pair of
homers, including the go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth inning, to help the
Rangers snap a six-game skid with an 8-7 win.
The A's scored six times in the fourth inning off Rangers starter Nick
Tepesch, but failed to hold on.
The Rangers, who trimmed Oakland's lead to two games in the AL West, received
a homer and three RBI from A.J. Pierzynski. Texas also broke a six-game losing
streak at home.
Joe Nathan gave up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Coco Crisp in the ninth
inning, but retired Derek Norris on a pop-up to third baseman Adrian Beltre to
lock down his 21st save of the year.
Tepesch gave up six hits and as many runs over 3 2/3 frames. Neal Cotts (3-1)
threw 2 1/3 hitless frames to get the win.
"They settled it down and gave us a chance to keep grinding, which we did,"
Texas manager Ron Washington said of his team's bullpen.
Dan Straily surrendered eight hits and six runs over 4 2/3 innings.
"He left a few more pitches up than he usually does," A's shortstop Jed Lowrie
said of Straily. "They took advantage of it."
Jesse Chavez (1-1) was saddled with the loss.
Texas has won four of seven meetings with the A's this season.
06/18 10:54:21 ET