Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jarrod Parker
|Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss the magnitude of Monday's win against Oakland, how he plans on using Jurickson Profar and how to handle a struggling ballclub.
Parker (5-6, 4.45): Parker is on a roll, much like teammate Dan Straily was before the Rangers rocked him Monday night. ... Parker is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a .179 opponents' batting average in his last four starts. ... The 24-year-old and ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA over hi last seven starts. ... Parker started slow, going 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first seven starts. ... He had a no decision in his last start as the A's beat the Yankees 3-2 in 18 innings. Parker went eight innings, allowing two runs. ... Parker is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Rangers. It's his most wins against any team.
Hitters: Rangers slumping shortstop Elvis Andrus (3-for-8) has three RBIs against Parker. Coco Crisp (3-for-6, 1 HR, 4 RBIs), Seth Smith (4-for-10, 1 RBI) and Yoenis Cespedes (3-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have had success against Darvish.
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