American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 24th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (75-53) at Chicago White Sox (52-75), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68)
Chicago - Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27)
(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish will try to build up his American League Cy
Young resume on Saturday when the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox play
the seventh annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights Game at U.S. Cellular
Before the game, MLB Beacon Award recipients Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin
will be recognized on the field, with four-time All-Star Willie Horton
accepting Franklin's MLB Beacon of Change Award on her behalf.
"We as human beings, we should recognize equality, and I believe that every
person is the same and deserves equal treatment," said Rangers outfielder Alex
Rios. "It's good that MLB is doing something to recognize that on the field
and I'm glad to be a part of it."
Darvish boasts a 12-5 record with a stellar 2.68 ERA while allowing opposing
batters to hit just .189 off him. He's also striking out batters at an
incredible rate, as he leads the majors with 214 punchouts in 161 innings.
The 26-year-old right-hander was cruising along early in his last outing
against the Mariners on Aug. 18, retiring 12 of the first 14 batters he faced,
but he ended up allowing seven hits, four walks and three earned runs over 7
1/3 innings in the no-decision in a game the Rangers would eventually lose.
"In many games I have trouble with my command in any inning I throw, but today
it happened after the sixth inning," Darvish said through a translator
following his latest start.
Darvish defeated the White Sox back on April 30, allowing four earned runs in
six innings of work while striking out nine.
Chicago will counter with Hector Santiago, who, over 29 outings this season
(18 starts), has sported an impressive 3.27 ERA, although his record (4-7)
does not support how well he's pitched.
Santiago is fresh off one of his best performances of the season, earning the
win over Minnesota on Aug. 18 after allowing just one earned run in six
innings of work. It was his first victory since June 21.
The southpaw has not pitched great at home this season, going just 1-3 with a
4.03 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP at U.S. Cellular Field.
In the series opener on Friday night, an offensive explosion allowed the
Rangers to make claim to an 11-5 victory.
Texas scored four runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back
from there. The team belted five long balls on the evening, with Ian Kinsler
circling the bases for an inside-the-park homer.
Adrian Beltre left the yard for his 27th homer of the season, as did Jeff
Baker and Adam Rosales. Mitch Moreland added a pinch-hit blast in the 8th
inning to give the Rangers an inside-the-park home run and a pinch-hit home
run in the same game for the first time in franchise history.
With ample run support to work with, Martin Perez (7-3) earned the win,
pitching seven innings while allowing four earned runs.
Chris Sale (9-12) also lasted seven innings but was roughed up along the way,
allowing eight hits and eight earned runs.
Dayan Viciedo knocked in a two-run single in the bottom of the second and
finished with two hits and two runs scored. Gordon Beckham also had two RBIs
and Alejandro De Aza was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
While the White Sox will be playing in their third Civil Rights game, this is
the first that they have hosted. Texas, meanwhile, is playing in its first
U.S. Cellular Field will host this game again in 2014.
08/24 12:18:03 ET