Preview: Texas Rangers at New York Yankees: Darvish vs. Kuroda

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Darvish vs. Kuroda

-Darvish is 1-0 having logged 8.1 scoreless innings and striking out 10 in his only career start vs. the Yankees. He is 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 26 punch outs in just 20 innings in his last three starts. Darvish 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 101.3 innings pitched on the season.

-Ichiro is 6-for-11 vs. Darvish with a pair of RBIs.

-Robinson Cano is 2-for-4.

-Travis Hafner is 0-for-2.

-Kuroda 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in three career starts vs. the Rangers. He is 1-1 with 3.43 ERA in his last three starts. Kuroda is 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA on the season.

-Adrian Beltre is 2-for-12 with three strikeouts against Kuroda in his career.

-A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-6 with that one hit being a homer.

-Ian Kinsler is 2-for-9 with a homer.

-Lance Berkman is 3-for-13.

-Elvis Andrus is 1-for-5.

-Nelson Cruz is 1-for-9.

-David Murphy is 2-for-9.

The Yanks continue to battle upstream towards Boston. The remain 2.5 games out first. The battered and bruised Yankees are led second baseman Cano. He leads the team in homers (16), RBIs (45), walks (33) and OPS (.877)

Texas currently leads their division by one game. Nelson Cruz leads the team in homers (19) and RBIs with (55) and strikeouts (72). Promising youngsters Jurickson Profar and Leonys Martin have not taken off quite yet.

Josh Johnson

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