Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals
Monday, September 3, 1:10 PM CT, Kauffman Stadium
Yu Darvish, RHP
13-9, 4.31 ERA
Darvish won his last time out and set the Rangers' rookie record for wins in a season. He needs eight more K's for 190 and another Rangers rookie record. He is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in his last three starts and 4-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 12 away starts.
Bruce Chen, LHP
10-10, 5.13 ERA
Chen pitched his best game of the season on Wednesday night against the Tigers, holding them scoreless for eight innings on four hits. He made 100 pitches, issued just one walk and used his variance of speeds to optimal effect.
Tuesday, September 4, 7:10 PM CT, Kauffman Stadium
Matt Harrison, LHP
15-8, 3.30 ERA
Harrison lost his previous start, to the Rays, and went 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA in August. He is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA on the road. He has made five starts and one relief appearance vs. the Royals in his career and is 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA against them.
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
3-3, 3.86 ERA
Guthrie rebounded from a rough outing against Boston with 7 1/3 strong innings to beat the Tigers on Thursday for his third win with the Royals, who won in each of his last five starts.
Wednesday, September 5, 7:10 PM CT, Kauffman Stadium
Ryan Dempster, RHP
Dempster is 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA in six starts since joining the Rangers. He has a three-game win streak, with a 1.35 ERA, after going 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in his first three starts for Texas. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against KC.
Will Smith, LHP
4-7, 5.45 ERA
Will has enjoyed success in television, film, music and now baseball. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office and the only one to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.
Thursday, September 6, 7:10 PM CT, Kauffman Stadium
Scott Feldman, RHP
Feldman is 0-5 with a 6.35 ERA in his past five starts after a 4-3 loss to the Indians on Saturday. He's now 2-5 with a 6.19 ERA in eight starts and three relief appearances on the road. He's 3-2 in 13 games in his career against the Royals.
Luke Hochevar, RHP
7-13, 5.34 ERA
Hochevar allowed eight runs (all earned) over 1.2 innings and was the losing pitcher Saturday (9/1) against the Twins.