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Sunday, August 3 (All times Eastern)

Texas Rangers (43-67) at Cleveland Indians (55-55), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (10-6, 2.90) Cleveland - Trevor Bauer (4-6, 4.25)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians have a chance to push themselves back above .500 when they finish up a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on Sunday.

The Indians won the first two games of the series, rolling to a 12-2 triumph on Friday and squeaking out a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

RBI singles from Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher amounted to the entire offensive output for Cleveland on Saturday. Luckily, it was more than enough for T.J. House and the Indians bullpen. House struck out seven in five scoreless innings and Scott Atchison, Nick Hagadone, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

"I thought he did good," Indians manager Terry Francona said of House. "It was an interesting line, the way he got there. So many of the at-bats went five pitches at more. Deep count at-bats, so his pitch count was high. But I think only one ball went to the outfield."

Cleveland has won three of its last four games.

Texas, which has lost three of its last four, managed just five hits on Saturday, wasting a strong effort from Miles Mikolas (seven innings, two runs).

"I threw a lot of strikes, I think," said Mikolas. "A lot of things we worked on in that last bullpen (session), everything started to come together. I felt like I threw a lot of quality strikes. I went right after the hitters."

Staff ace Yu Darvish will be out to improve his Cy Young resume when he takes the hill for Texas in Sunday's series finale.

While the Rangers have not lived up to their recent success, Darvish has done just fine for himself this season, sporting a 10-6 record and 2.90 ERA entering play. The Japanese right-hander is once again fanning batters at an incredible rate, with 167 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings of work this season. He has also been eating up more innings, with his first two complete games coming this season.

Although he did not go the full nine is last start, Darvish still pitched well. He let up only two runs over seven innings and struck out eight batters to earn his 10th win, as the Rangers defeated the Yankees 4-2.

Darvish has not pitched against the Indians this season and is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in three career starts against them.

Tasked with the difficult job of opposing Darvish will be Trevor Bauer.

The 23-year-old has pitched in the past three MLB seasons, although this is the first in which he has been a mainstay in a big league rotation. In 15 starts he has gone 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA, dropping his career mark to 4.63. He is also striking out nearly one batter per inning, with 85 punchouts in 89 total innings.

Bauer will need to quickly forget his last start, however, as he struggled in a 5-2 loss to Seattle on Tuesday. In the losing effort he allowed a season- high five runs on eight hits before being pulled with one out in the fifth inning.

On June 6 Bauer made his first career start against Texas. The outing wasn't a roaring success, but he did give his team a chance to win, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings. He did not factor in the decision, which went in favor of the Rangers (6-4).

Cleveland has won five of six against the Rangers in the season series.

08/03 10:35:26 ET

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at UNC

    Tomorrow at 12:58 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Mississippi State at Ole Miss

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at Baltimore

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: NC State at UNC

    Tomorrow at 12:30 pm on WRAL-FM

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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 45
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
3rd
TOR 56
DAL 69
 
4th
DET 72
MIL 85
 
4th
ATL 72
NOP 62
 
3rd
HOU 44
LAC 56
 
3rd
OKC 59
NYK 33
 
3rd
IND 49
ORL 45
 
2nd
SAN 46
SAC 40
 
1st
DEN 16
PHO 9
 
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
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ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 6
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
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BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
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TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
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PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
 
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
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TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
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HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
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STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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SYR 72
HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
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JVST 74
SAV 71
 
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MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 57
TENST 54
 
2nd
MARS 32
CLST 43
 
2nd
JST 38
HOF 51
 
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INDST 36
MEM 48
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 45
 
2nd
LATU 44
SAMF 35
 
2nd
TULA 62
SELA 49
 
2nd
NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
Half
MISS 31
CREI 37
 
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PORT 30
MURST 29
 
1st
MARQ 11
MSU 15
 
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ARK 16
UNT 16
 
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NCOL 23
STET 11
 
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IND 18
UNCG 9
 
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SJST 10
WMICH 18
 
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MNTST 18
TXARL 8
 
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BAY
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UCLA
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WASH
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PHI 0
NYR 3
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ANA 1
CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 4
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2