OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 07: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on June 7, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Rangers Vs. A's: Darvish Struggles As Oakland Closes Out Texas

The Rangers Yu Darvish struggled on the mound in the third game of their series with the Oakland A's.

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Rangers Vs. A's Final: Oakland Takes The Final Game Of The Texas Series, 7-1

The Rangers star pitcher, Yu Darvish, got the start on the mound to try and help Texas take the three game series from the Oakland A's, 2-1. But Darvish struggled through a little over five innings of work and the A's were able to take the final game in their three game set with the Rangers.

Darvish went five and one third innings pitched and gave up six hits, six earned runs and walked six Oakland batters.

It all went downhill for Darvish in the fourth inning as he loaded the bases twice on three walks and hitting a batter with a pitch and then gave up a bases clearing triple that scored four runs for Oakland.

Texas was anemic on offense too as Mitch Moreland, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton were the only Rangers players to record a hit with Beltre being responsible for driving in the only Texas run of the ball game.

The Rangers now move on to San Francisco to take on the Giants in a three-game weekend road series.

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Rangers Vs. Athletics: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

Yu Darvish is still one of best pitchers of the 2012 season, but since his last impressive start against Oakland - a 7 2/3 innings, seven strikeout, one-run night - he's struggled a bit, including a loss to Anaheim (three runs and six hits in six innings) in his last start.

The Rangers will look to give Darvish his eighth win going against Brandon McCarthy in final game of the series, who is a four game winning streak with a 2.52 ERA in that span, as well as 20 strikeouts.

Date / Time: Thursday, June 7, 2:35 p.m. CT

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

TV: Fox Sports SW

Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN, 1540 AM

Probable Starters: Yu Darvish (7-3) vs. Brandon McCarthy (4-3)

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Rangers Vs. Athletics Final Score: Oakland Shuts Out Texas, 2-0

The Texas Rangers bats were silenced Wednesday night as they were shut out by the Oakland Athletics 2-0. This game was a pitching duel as the Rangers Colby Lewis pitched a complete game and allowed only six hits and two runs. While the A's Bartolo Colon who pitched eight scoreless innings while striking out five.

The A's got on the board first in the second inning Brandon Inge hit a RBI single to score Yoenis Cespedes, and then the second run came when Cespedes had another RBI single to go up 2-0.

The Rangers best chance at scoring was missed in the second inning when the bases were loaded and one out, but Colon was able to get Mitch Moreland to ground into an inning-ending double play.

There was another chance in the third but the Rangers hit into another double play, and from that point on Colon didn't allow another baserunner beyond first. Colon finished strong as was able to retire the final 11 Rangers he faced.

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Rangers Vs. Athletics: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

Colby Lewis will look to shake off the noticeable slide he's been in when the Rangers take on the A's in the rubber match of the three game series in Oakland. Lewis, 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA in his last six starts, will face the struggling Bartolo Colon, 1-4 with a 7.48 ERA in his last five games.

The Athletics have batted extremely well of late, including a 12-run output Monday against Texas. Lewis gave up only four runs on four hits in six and 2/3 innings in his last start, but took the loss to Anaheim.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 6, 9:05 p.m. CT

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

TV: Fox Sports SW

Radio: 103.3 FM, 1540 AM (ESPN Deportes)

Probable Starters: Colby Lewis (4-4) vs. Bartolo Colon (4-4)

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Rangers Vs. Athletics: Rangers Tie Series With 6-3 Victory

After Derek Holland left in the sixth inning, having allowed the A's back in to a 5-3 game, the Rangers' bullpen shut down Oakland the rest of the way to square the series up. Over the last three and two-thirds innings, Texas relievers allowed just two hits and two walks against six strikeouts.

The most dangerous situation came in the seventh when Alexi Ogando let a walk and single turn in to runners on second and third with no outs following a wild pitch. He struck out Brandon Inge to get out of the situation, though, finishing off a strike out of the side.

Mike Adams and Joe Nathan each worked fairly-efficient innings of their own, with Nathan getting his 12th save.

Texas added an insurance run when Ian Kinsler singled, stole second, and scored on an Elvis Andrus double in the ninth. Every Texas Ranger had a hit, with Kinsler -- including a double -- and Adrian Beltre leading the way with two a piece. Every Texas Ranger also struck out at least once.

There are two health concerns to watch over the coming hours. First, Derek Holland had another sub-par start -- both in peripherals and velocity -- and his teammates seemed to be expressing concern over his condition in the dugout after his removal. Anthony Andro noted he was not seen in the dugout after, and it could be illness. Second, Craig Gentry twisted his wrist awkwardly on a questionable steal attempt of third base in the ninth.

With the win, the Rangers move 32-23 with a +69 run differential, both still league bests. They maintain a four game lead on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Rangers Vs. Athletics: Rangers Lead 5-3 In 7th

Derek Holland has not looked his sharpest yet again, but has been bailed out a bit by his terrific defense and the not-so-terrific Oakland offense.

Holland managed to shut the A's out through the first four innings, before a Kurt Suzuki double was followed by a Collin Cowgill home run. Yoenis Cespedes also homered on a pitch that no one should even make contact with in the sixth to make it a two-run game.

With his velocity a bit lower than you expect to see from him, Holland managed quite a few grounders, but also plenty of good contact without many missed bats. Just two strikeouts against just two walks and two home runs won't usually result in good results even without strong contact, though, so the Rangers are a little bit lucky to only see three runs against them on the board right now.

For the Rangers' part, they have seven hits, with three runs in the third, and another in each of the fourth and fifth. Texas had a 5-0 lead, but now looks at a close game after the home runs off Holland, who is out of the game.

Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle made his Major League debut in relief by striking out the first three Rangers he faced.


Source: FanGraphs
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Rangers Vs. Athletics: Tuesday Starting Lineups

Per Jeff Wilson, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

Texas Rangers vs. LHP Travis Blackley

  1. 2B Ian Kinsler
  2. SS Elvis Andrus
  3. LF Josh Hamilton
  4. 3B Adrian Beltre
  5. DH Michael Young
  6. RF Nelson Cruz
  7. 1B Mike Napoli
  8. C Yorvit Torrealba
  9. CF Craig Gentry

Oakland A's vs. LHP Derek Holland

  1. 2B Jemile Weeks
  2. LF Collin Cowgill
  3. RF Josh Reddick
  4. CF Yoenis Cespedes
  5. 3B Brandon Inge
  6. DH Jonny Gomes
  7. 1B Kila Ka'aihue
  8. C Kurt Suzuki
  9. SS Adam Rosales

The Rangers will play their standard starting lineup against lefties, with David Murphy and Mitch Moreland on the bench, and Torrealba catching.

Reddick and Ka'aihue will be the only lefties Holland gets to face in his redemption effort, but the switch-hitting weeks is weaker from the right side.

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Rangers Vs. A's: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

As if getting roughed up by the Oakland Athletics 12-1 in a series opening game Monday wasn't bad enough, the Texas Rangers continue the series Tuesday night with Derek Holland on the mound.

Texas (32-23) has posted the second-worst ERA in its last six games with a 7.94 mark - better than only Houston. It began with last Tuesday's 10-3 loss to Seattle. Holland (4-4, 5.11 ERA) gave up eight runs when he took the mound the next night and gave up eight runs.

Travis Blackley (3.37 ERA) will start for Oakland looking for his first win of the season.

Here is a look at the game schedule:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 5, 9:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports (local network)

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Jarrod Parker Flirts With No-Hitter, A's Dismantle Rangers

Oakland A's rookie pitcher Jarrod Parker flirted with a no-hitter on Monday night, as the Athletics blew out the Rangers 12-1.

Parker took his no-hit bid into the eighth inning, but gave up a lead-off single to Michael Young, ending Parker's no-hit bid. Parker was allowed to finish the eighth inning regardless, and finished the game pitching eight shutout innings, allowing just one hit, walking three and striking out six.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, Scott Feldman was as bad as Parker was good on Monday night. Feldman failed to escape the second inning, giving up eight runs on seven hits and a walk in just one and two thirds innings of work. All of the runs charged to Feldman were given up in the second inning.

Brandon Inge gave the A's the lead in the second inning after belting a three-run homer off of Feldman, scoring both Seth Smith and Yoenis Cespedes. Smith was Oakland's offensive star of the night, recording four hits, including a double and triple.

Craig Gentry found himself on the mound in the eighth inning for the Rangers, as Ron Washington opted against burning more relief pitchers in a blowout game. Gentry gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his relief effort.

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AL West Leading Rangers Take On A's

The Texas Rangers get their first look at Oakland Athletics rookie starter Jarrod Parker.

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