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The Texas Rangers have ace Yu Darvish lined up to pitch the second game of a doubleheader, and they'll look to continue their hot hitting on the road as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in that twinbill Monday.
Darvish will be looking to tie for the major league lead with his eighth win when he opposes Trevor Cahill in the evening. The Diamondbacks were supposed to start another high-profile pitcher in Ian Kennedy in one game of the doubleheader, but a freak accident will leave the first contest in the hands of a pair of spot starters.
The AL-best Rangers (32-18) have won eight of 10 on the road, though they had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3, 13-inning loss at Seattle on Sunday.
Before that defeat, Texas had scored 55 runs in its previous nine contests away from home. The Rangers have hit 20 homers in their last 10 road games.
Darvish (7-2, 2.84 ERA) leads the major leagues with 8.24 runs of support per game, but he didn't get any help in his last start Tuesday. The right-hander gave up one run in six innings but lost 1-0 to Oakland, snapping his six-game winning streak.
"I've been really pampered with all the run support I've been getting,'' said Darvish, who leads the majors with 91 strikeouts in 66 2-3 innings.
The Rangers need Darvish and first-game starter Martin Perez to give them some length with relievers Neal Cotts, Joe Nathan and Tanner Scheppers likely unavailable following Sunday's extra-inning contest.
Nathan had converted 36 straight save opportunities on the road dating to 2011 before blowing a one-run lead in the 11th inning against the Mariners.
"Hopefully (Martin) Perez and (Yu) Darvish can give us nine innings in each game and everything works out good," manager Ron Washington said.
Arizona, tied with San Francisco for the NL West lead, seeks its fifth win in six home games after beating San Diego 6-5 on Sunday.
Cahill (3-5, 2.81) has given Texas a tough time throughout his career, going 9-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 starts. He's tied with Kansas City's James Shields for the lowest ERA against the Rangers among active pitchers with at least 10 starts.
The right-hander has also allowed four or fewer earned runs in 28 straight starts, the longest active streak in baseball.
Cahill kept that run going Wednesday, but he wasn't at his best as he gave up four runs over six innings of a 4-1 loss to Colorado. He had gone 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in his previous five outings.
Texas' Adrian Beltre is 9 for 26 with two homers versus Cahill, while Nelson Cruz is 4 for 23 against him.
Former 21-game winner Kennedy was scheduled to start one of the games Monday, but he was scratched after cutting his right index finger while doing the dishes. Tyler Skaggs will instead make his season debut in the opener.
After a slow start at Triple-A Reno this season, the left-hander has posted a 2.66 ERA and 22 strikeouts over his last 20 1/3 innings. He went 1-3 with a 5.83 ERA in six starts for Arizona as a rookie last year.
"He's throwing the ball better," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "I can't tell you exactly what the deciding factor was for picking him, but we made the decision as an organization."
Perez also makes his season debut after going 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA in six starts in 2012. The left-hander pitched seven shutout innings in his last outing with Triple-A Round Rock, but he's posted a 6.05 ERA in four minor league starts this season.
The Rangers have won 17 of 25 overall meetings with the Diamondbacks.
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There are some people that don't like to be touched. There are some that don't like it when who they likely perceive as a 'young kid' goofs off to much. After this past weekend I think we have proof that Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is both of those!
Like here when the team's young shortstop, Elvis Andrus, decides to mess with his head!
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre really hates people touching his head.
Remember this from two weeks ago?
Well, Beltre's head-related freakouts came into play again on Saturday night, with near disastrous results for Elvis Andrus.
Good lord. Keep in mind, this is on the field during a conference on the mound. Robbie Ross then got Kyle Seager to pop...
One of the keys to success in baseball is a good "clubhouse vibe." Players spend eight to nine months of the year with each other creating, in most cases, a family-like atmosphere.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Rangers are having success this season is their clubhouse is, almost literally, a family, complete with a pair of "siblings" that take joy in messing...
The most bizarre pet peeve in all of baseball is Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre‘s complete meltdown when anyone touches his head.
We covered this story last year showing highlights from Beltre’s time with the Red Sox and Rangers flipping out on his teammates who touch his head.
Well, you can add this video to that collection as Beltre freaked out on teammate Elvis Andrus...
Nick Tepesch is ready to return to the Texas Rangers’
starting rotation, and Alexi Ogando isn’t too far behind him, according to T.R.Sullivan of MLB.com.
Tepesch was scratched from his previous start after he developed a blister. He’s set to return to the rotation after throwing 50
pitches during a bullpen session Thursday. There was no setback regarding the
Someone please tell me what is the big deal about Adrian Beltre’s head? It’s become a fetish to several of his teammates for years. When he does something remarkable you tend to see players touching (we call it SUCTION) his head. Does touching his head give good luck? By the look of Beltre’s reaction, he does not tend to think so. Well, that’s the wrong way...
At this point, it may be more surprising when a week goes by without a terrible call by an MLB umpire.
The latest gaffe might have been the worst of all. On Friday, the Texas Rangers were attempting to pull off a 3-6-3 double play in the second inning when pitcher Justin Grimm stepped in front of first baseman Mitch Moreland to intercept the ball. First base umpire Jeff Nelson thought...
Your browser does not support iframes.The second inning of Saturday's game was a mess for Texas Ranger A.J. Pierzynski.Not only did the veteran get thrown out at home plate trying to score on a ball that didn't leave the infield, but while throwing his helmet in the dugout in anger, he also lost his footing and wound up tumbling down the stairs.Humble pie doesn't taste so good.
It was a rough second inning for Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzysnki on Sunday. Pierzynski attempted to score on a ground ball from third but was thrown out at home by Mariners infielder Brendan Ryan. Pierzynski upon returning to the dugout, threw his helmet and subsequently fell down the remaining dugout stairs. Pierzynski was not physically injured in the fall and stayed in the game.
Nelson Cruz hit his 12th homer of the season, David Murphy drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers roughed up Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in a 5-2 win on Saturday night, handing the Mariners their eighth straight loss.
Derek Holland continued to pitch well in Seattle, easily getting the better of the matchup against Hernandez. Holland (4-2) went 6 2-3 innings, striking out a season...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tyler Skaggs, just called up from the minors, struck out nine in six scoreless innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday.
Skaggs (1-0), who lost out to Patrick Corbin for Arizona's fifth starting spot in the spring, was recalled from Triple-A Reno after scheduled starter Ian Kennedy cut...
Didi Gregorius hit a tying homer off Yu Darvish in the eighth inning, Cliff Pennington singled home the winning run in the ninth and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 Monday night for a doubleheader sweep.
Darvish matched his career best with 14 strikeouts but allowed a run after the sixth inning for the first time this season. Gregorius also had an RBI triple...
I apologize for disappearing after Friday night’s game. I fell asleep during Saturday night’s game (thanks to a busy day and lots of wine) and was out of town during Sunday’s game. But I was monitoring Sunday’s finale in Seattle via phone, and as it went into extras, I groaned. I knew the boys had a doubleheader in Arizona today, and extras was the LAST thing they needed...