ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels continue their three-game series tonight at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT on ESPN 103.3 FM and in Spanish on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. Here's a look at the pitching matchup, featuring Rangers RHP Yu Darvish and Angels RHP Garrett Richards.
Darvish (10-5, 2.66 ERA): The right-hander tied his career high with 14 strikeouts in his previous outing, hurling seven shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... He has a 0.47 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list, allowing only one earned run in 19.1 innings. ... Darvish is 2-0 in two starts against the Angels this season, surrendering just three earned runs in 11 innings. ... He has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of his eight career starts against the Angels.
Richards (3-4, 4.18 ERA): The right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings since rejoining the rotation in place of Joe Blanton. ... In seven career appearances (three starts) against the Rangers, he has a 5.79 ERA. ... Richards has given up one earned run and two hits in 1.2 innings of relief against Texas this year.
Hitters: David Murphy (3-for-6), Ian Kinsler (2-for-5) and Elvis Andrus (2-for-7) have had success against Richards. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-6 against him, with the only hit being a home run. ... Josh Hamilton is 3-for-6 against Darvish, but others have struggled, including Howie Kendrick (0-for-14, 7 strikeouts), Mark Trumbo (4-for-20) and Chris Iannetta (2-for-11). ... Mike Trout has two home runs against him, but is only 6-for-22.