A’s Go For 5th Win In A Row Against Darvish, Rangers: Game Preview

May 11, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Oakland Athletics enter Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers with a four-game win streak, but they’ll have  their work cut out for them in trying to get to five as they’ll face one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

Yu Darvish will be on the mound for Ron Washington in the second matchup of a three-game series between the AL West rivals, and that means the manager can breathe a little easier after enduring a 14-hit, seven-run defeat to the A’s on Monday.

The 26-year-old right hander from Habikino, Japan has placed himself at the forefront of the discussion of the best pitchers in baseball after 33 Major League starts, and he’s off to a 7-1 start this season while leading the league in strikeouts with 86 through 60 2/3 innings.

Darvish is sporting a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings against Oakland with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. He went 1-2 against the A’s in his 2012 rookie campaign.

Dan Straily will be on the hill for the A’s, and the right-hander has struggled since returning from Triple-A Sacramento  Straily’s ERA is at 7.27 and he now has a 1-2 record after losses in his last two starts.

If the A’s are hitting like they did Monday night, that won’t be much a concern.

Oakland seemed to turn a corner yesterday after struggling throughout the month of May at the plate, and if hitters like Seth Smith, Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie can continue to complement a red-hot Josh Donaldson and the always dangerous Yoenis Cespedes, this team could be in for another big run.

John Jaso is returning to the lineup tonight. The catcher has been out since last Wednesday when he was hit by a pitch in the right shin. He’ll be in the lead off spot as Coco Crisp takes the day off, which appears to be a precautionary move by Bob Melvin after a long game on Monday. Crisp made his return from the disabled list on May 17 against the Royals, and the A’s haven’t lost with him in the lineup since then.

Game time tonight is 5:05 PST.

 

LINEUPS

Oakland Athletics

1. J. Jaso C

2. J. Lowrie DH

3. Y. Cespedes LF

4. B. Moss 1B

5. J. Donaldson 3B

6. S. Smith RF

7. C. Young CF

8. E. Sogard 2B

9. A. Rosales SS

 

Texas Rangers

1. E. Andrus SS

2. D. Murphy LF

3. L. Berkman DH

4. A. Beltre 3B

5. N. Cruz RF

6. M. Moreland 1B

7. C. Gentry CF

8. A. Pierzynski C

9. J. Profar 2B

Topics: AL West, Game Preview, MLB, Oakland Athletics

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