Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez

The Rangers and Mariners play the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Monday night with Yu Darvish facing Felix Hernandez.

Darvish (6-1, 2.60): This is the first time Darvish will meet an opponent for the second time. In the first meeting, Darvish's major league debut April 9, he allowed five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in getting a victory. Darvish has 58 strikeouts in his first eight starts of the 2012 season, making him one of just six AL pitchers since 1984 to start a career with that many strikeouts. Darvish went 7 2/3 innings in his last start, Wednesday versus Oakland. Darvish struck out seven and allowed just one run on four hits.

Hernandez (3-3, 3.02): Hernandez is 1-1, with a 0.78 ERA this season at Safeco Field, where he's compiled 27 strikeouts over 23 innings. In his last start, Hernandez took a 9-3 loss at Cleveland, giving up eight runs, six earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He walked three and gave up 10 hits while throwing 103 pitches. He hasn't won a game since May 5 against Minnesota.

Texas hitters: Against Hernandez, Elvis Andrus is hitting .349, Michael Young .288 and Josh Hamilton .195.

Seattle hitters: Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .750 against Darvish, while Dustin Ackley and Chone Figgins are a combined 0-for-6.