Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
- Since the start of last season, Texas has had the Angels' number, outscoring the Halos by over two runs per game (2.09) -- the fourth-largest run differential per game against a divisional opponent over that span.
- While the Angels have a win percentage of .625 (25-15) outside their division this season, their win percentage is just .419 (13-18) against AL West competition. The Angels' .206 difference in winning percentage between divisional games and non-divisional games is the largest in baseball.
- The Rangers have a sparkling record in close games (22-14 in games decided by three runs or fewer), but they have lost a league-high 22 games by four or more runs.
- The Rangers have allowed at least 11 hits in five consecutive games, and double-digit hits in 10 of their last 12 games.
- Adrian Beltre has recorded 32 home runs, 115 RBI and 71 extra-base hits over his career against the Angels -- all second-most among active players, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (70 HR, 163 RBI and 115 XBH).
- Garrett Richards has struck out 87 batters and allowed just two home runs this season. His 43.5 strikeouts per home run is the highest ratio by an American League pitcher (minimum 1 IP per team game) since 1945.
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By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- Yu Darvish's season-high winning streak ended with another poor effort against one AL West rival. However, he has a strong chance to bounce back by continuing his success against another.
Looking to help the Rangers avoid a season-high fifth straight defeat and first road sweep at the hands of the Angels in seven years, Darvish tries for a sixth consecutive road win at Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Darvish (7-3, 2.39 ERA) won four straight starts and allowed eight runs in 47 2-3 innings to win five of his previous six outings before giving up seven - four earned - and walking a season-high five in five innings of a 10-6 loss at Oakland on Tuesday, falling to 1-8 with a 4.94 ERA lifetime versus the Athletics.
"He was out there searching, which he always does," manager Ron Washington said. "Usually he finds something, but (Tuesday) he just didn't find it."
The right-hander has no problem leaving that outing in the past.
"I have to prepare for my next start," he said. "I'm not facing just the A's."
Instead, he'll face the Angels, against whom he's 7-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 career starts. Darvish allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings and struck out nine during a 14-3 win at Los Angeles on May 4 to improve to 6-0 with a 3.81 ERA in his last nine versus the Angels (40-33).
He also has a 2.36 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34 1-3 innings during his five-start winning streak at Anaheim.
Texas (35-39) opened its nine-game West Coast trip with two wins at Seattle, but has lost five of six since. Shin-Soo Choo hit a tying homer in the ninth inning Saturday, but Howie Kendrick delivered a game-winning RBI double in the 10th to hand the Rangers a 3-2 defeat.
"The biggest thing is just going up there and trying to put good at-bats together and put good swings on the ball," Kendrick said.
The Rangers were last swept in Anaheim from April 2-4, 2007.
Kendrick has doubled in four straight games and is batting .321 with 17 RBIs in his last 28 versus Texas. However, he's 0 for 19 with seven strikeouts versus Darvish.
Teammate Erick Aybar, meanwhile, is 6 for his last 11 with two doubles and a home run against Darvish.
Hoping to solidify a spot in the Angels rotation, rookie Matt Shoemaker (4-1, 3.83) allowed two runs and set career highs with 10 strikeouts and eight innings pitched during a 9-3 win at Cleveland on Tuesday to improve to 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in seven career starts.
This will be the right-hander's first appearance versus Texas.
Choo is batting .478 (11 for 23) with three home runs and six RBIs in his last six games against the Angels.
It's uncertain if Albert Pujols will be in the Angels' lineup after he sat out Saturday due to lower-back pain. He's 2 for his last 6 with a homer against Darvish
Los Angeles announced it requested waivers on 42-year-old Raul Ibanez for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. The 19-year veteran hit .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 57 games for the Angels.
Updated June 22, 2014