American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, September 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (79-54) at Kansas City Royals (60-73), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31)
Kansas City - Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish eyes his 14th win of the season on Monday when
the Texas Rangers open a four-game set with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman
Darvish was terrific on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, as he scattered six hits
over seven scoreless innings. He also struck out 10 batters and walked two to
run his record to 13-9, while lowering his ERA to 4.31.
"I think I can continue to do this for the next month," Darvish said. "My body
feels good, my preparation for the games feels good. Not so much that I'm
going to get more excited or pump it up for the next month, just kind of
continue this groove and pitch as normal as I can."
Darvish has struck out 37 in his past four outings and 182 on the season. He
needs seven more to match Edwin Correa's rookie team record (189) established
The Rangers continued to fend off the surging Oakland Athletics over the
weekend, as they took two of three from the hapless Cleveland Indians, and now
lead the American League West by just three games.
On Sunday, highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar homered in his first major
league at-bat, and Texas beat Cleveland, 8-3.
The scrawny Profar, the first player born in 1993 to appear in the majors,
began his big league career by crushing Zach McAllister's 2-1 fastball about
15 rows into the right-field seats.
"I didn't feel any pressure," Profar said. "I got a fastball and put a good
swing on it."
Kansas City, meanwhile, salvaged the finale of its series with the Minnesota
Twins on Sunday, as Tony Abreu went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a go-
ahead RBI single in the sixth, propelling the Royals to a 6-4 win.
Billy Butler, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer each drove in a run for the Royals,
who dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday's opener was
Luis Mendoza gave up two runs in the start, also allowing seven hits and
striking out three over five innings of work. Tim Collins (5-2) pitched the
sixth inning and got the win despite giving up two runs.
Today, the Royals will rely on lefty Bruce Chen, who is 6-0 over his last nine
home starts with a 3.69 ERA. Chen continued his home mastery on Wednesday
against Detroit, as he scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings to
improve to 10-10 overall to go along with a 5.13 ERA.
"He made it look pretty easy, to be honest with you," Tigers manager Jim
Chen beat the Rangers the last time he faced them and is 2-2 with an 8.62 ERA
in nine games (5 starts).
Kansas City has won three of its five meetings with the Rangers this season.
09/03 10:33:58 ET