Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Zeke Spruill

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers will use a scheduled off day to make up a game against Arizona that was postponed May 29 due to poor field conditions. Texas will start right-hander Yu Darvish against Diamondbacks right-hander Zeke Spruill with an early start of 6:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

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Darvish (9-5, 2.80 ERA): Darvish has come back strong since his stint on the disabled list. He's 1-1 with a 0.73 ERA, allowing a run in 12 1/3 innings. ... He took the loss in a 1-0 defeat to Cleveland on Saturday in which he allowed a leadoff home run to Michael Bourn on the second pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Darvish had 11 strikeouts and threw 123 pitches. It was his second 1-0 loss of the season and the sixth time he's received one or no runs of support. He's 0-3 despite quality starts in all six outings. ... Darvish leads the majors with 172 strikeouts. ... He has started once against Arizona, on May 27, allowing four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. He had 14 strikeouts and took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning before giving up a game-tying two-run home run to Didi Gregorius.

Spruill (0-0, 2.08 ERA): The 23-year-old right-hander makes his first major league start Thursday night. ... He has allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings in relief. ... Spruill made his big league debut June 21 against Cincinnati, pitching a scoreless inning. ... He was 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Reno. ... Spruill was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2008 entry draft. ... He was part of the offseason trade that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Braves.

Hitters: Spruill has never faced the Rangers. Gregorius was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs against Darvish on May 27.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .327
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 68
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182