ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with right-hander Yu Darvish facing Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.
Darvish (7-2, 2.75): Darvish will pitch on regular rest and will be looking for his first win in four starts. ... He went seven innings in the Rangers' 4-3 loss in 18 innings Saturday in Toronto. ... Darvish allowed all three runs with two outs in the third inning on a two-run triple by Colby Rasmus and an error by Jurickson Profar. ... Darvish is still pitching well despite his winless streak, going 0-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his last four starts. ... It's the first time in his major league career he's gone four starts without a win. ... Run support has suddenly become an issue for Darvish. ... The Rangers have scored one or zero runs for him in three of his last four starts after they averaged better than seven runs in his first nine starts. ... Darvish leads the majors with 118 strikeouts and 12.02 strikeouts per nine innings. ... He is tied for the major league lead in opponents batting average at .182. ... Darvish is 14-3 with a 3.57 ERA for 21 career starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts versus Toronto.
Rogers (1-2, 3.60): Rogers is still building up his arm strength, so expect the Blue Jays' bullpen to be called on early. ... Rogers pitched four innings and threw 73 pitches as he allowed one run Friday as the Blue Jays cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Rangers. ... Rogers made his second start after converting from the bullpen. ... He relied heavily on his slider to get six strikeouts. ... He's allowed one run in his last 16 1/3 innings, all but one of those outings pitching in relief. ... Rogers has allowed two home runs in 35 innings.
Hitters: Colby Rasmus (5-for-9, 2 RBIs) and Edwin Encarnacion (5-for-10, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) have given Darvish fits. Adrian Beltre (2-for-3, RBI) and Jeff Baker (2-for-4) handled Rogers in Toronto last weekend.