Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Hiroki Kuroda
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Kuroda (7-5. 2.78): Kuroda makes his 16th start of the season and fourth career start against the Rangers. ... Kuroda last started on June 19 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and picked up a victory, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He ended a three-game losing streak, getting his first win since May 17. ... Kuroda is signed to a one-year contract with the Yankees. ... He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in two of his past three outings. ... Kuroda threw a complete game shutout against the Rangers on Aug. 14, 2012, at Yankee Stadium, allowing two hits in nine innings.
Hitters: Japanese Hall-of-Famer-to-be Ichiro Suzuki (6-for-11, 2 RBIs) has the upper hand in his rivalry against Darvish. Ian Kinsler (2-for-9, 1 HR, RBI) has some of the best numbers for a Rangers lineup that has struggled against Kuroda.
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