American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 25th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (44-32) at New York Yankees (41-34), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.84)
New York - Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.78)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish aims for his first win in seven starts on
Tuesday when the Texas Rangers open a three-game series with the New York
Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Darvish opened the year by winning seven of his first eight decisions, but is
just 0-2 in six starts since May 16 despite posting a 2.66 ERA. Over that span
Texas has supplied him with an average of 1.99 runs of support.
The Japanese right-hander wasn't sharp, however, his last time out on Tuesday
in a loss to Oakland, as he allowed five runs (4 earned) and six hits in six
innings to fall to 7-3 to go along with a 2.84 ERA.
He also struck out 10 batters in the loss and leads the majors in that
category with 137 on the season.
"I didn't feel that I pitched badly but I think I gave up runs too easily,"
Darvish, who will be throwing on extra rest, beat the Yankees the only other
time he faced them last season, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless innings to defeat
fellow countryman Hiroki Kuroda, who will once again be on the hill for New
Kuroda won for the first time in six starts on Wednesday against the Los
Angeles Dodgers, as he surrendered two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to
improve to 7-5 with a 2.78 ERA.
Kuroda is 1-2 in three starts versus the Rangers with a 2.57 ERA.
This will be the 11th matchup of Japanese starting pitchers in major league
history, and the fourth involving Kuroda.
New York split a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend and
has lost eight of its last 12. Still and all, the Yankees are only game back
in the loss column of the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox.
The Rangers, meanwhile, have rebounded nicely from a six-game losing streak
and enter this series having won five in a row and six of their last seven.
Texas' recent surge has catapulted it back on top in the AL West, a game in
front of the Oakland Athletics.
Texas, though, has lost 15 of its last 20 at Yankee Stadium.
06/25 10:29:22 ET