Darvish (7-3, 2.84): Darvish will be involved in the 11th matchup between Japanese-born pitchers in major league history when he faces Kuroda for the second time in his career. Darvish is 2-1 in such matchups, including a 2-0 win over Kuroda and the Yankees last season. That victory is Darvish's only career start against the Yankees. He didn't allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings. ... Darvish is winless in his past six starts, going 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA. He has received nine runs of support in those starts. ... Darvish is working on six days of rest, last pitching against the A's a week ago in a 6-2 loss. He allowed four earned runs in six innings. ... The last time Darvish pitched on extended rest he threw seven shutout innings against Seattle in September. ... He leads the majors with 137 strikeouts and 12.17 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Darvish has baseball's lowest opponents' batting average at .185.
Kuroda (7-5. 2.78): Kuroda makes his 16th start of the season and fourth career start against the Rangers. ... Kuroda last started on June 19 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and picked up a victory, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He ended a three-game losing streak, getting his first win since May 17. ... Kuroda is signed to a one-year contract with the Yankees. ... He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in two of his past three outings. ... Kuroda threw a complete game shutout against the Rangers on Aug. 14, 2012, at Yankee Stadium, allowing two hits in nine innings.
Hitters: Japanese Hall-of-Famer-to-be Ichiro Suzuki (6-for-11, 2 RBIs) has the upper hand in his rivalry against Darvish. Ian Kinsler (2-for-9, 1 HR, RBI) has some of the best numbers for a Rangers lineup that has struggled against Kuroda.