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Friday, August 30th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Twins (57-75) at Texas Rangers (78-55), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Liam Hendriks (0-2, 6.20) Texas - Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68)

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers look to continue their winning ways on Friday when they open a three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas has won seven of nine and is coming off a three-game sweep in Seattle. The Rangers entered the day with a three-game cushion over Oakland in the American League West, which has essentially been a two-team race for much of the season. They are seeking their 20th win in the month of August after beginning the month with a four-game deficit in the division.

"Last year, we were more comfortable," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "This year, we are more hungry."

The Rangers lineup racked up 17 hits in Wednesday's 12-4 victory to complete the sweep over the Mariners. Martin Perez out-dueled fellow Venezuelan Felix Hernandez for his fifth win in as many starts. Texas got to Hernandez for eight earned runs, marking a career-high for the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner.

It has been a long season in Minnesota, as the Twins sit 20 games off the pace in the AL Central and have dropped five in a row entering Friday's series opener.

On Thursday, the Twins were on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision against Kansas City. The offense managed only five hits against Bruce Chen and a trio of relievers.

Hoping to turn things around in Friday's series opener will be Liam Hendriks, who boasts only one win in 24 career big league starts. He is 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in four starts for Minnesota this season after being tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against Cleveland on Saturday.

"It's irritating, but I don't let it affect me," Hendriks said of his win-loss record. "I'm happy to have at least one. Now it's just trying to string a couple together and move on and then move forward and it's further back in my mind. I want a couple more (wins). Outings like (the previous start) aren't going to help."

Meanwhile, Rangers manager Ron Washington will give the ball to Yu Darvish, who leads the majors with 225 strikeouts and ranks fifth with a 2.68 ERA in 25 starts (12-5). He has posted a 1.85 ERA over his last seven starts, holding opposing hitters to a .186 average in that span.

"I know what kind of pitcher I want to be ultimately," Darvish said. "I'm trying to get close to my expectations. I'm not trying to meet other expectations. I know what kind of pitcher I want to be."

The teams have split four meetings this season, although Minnesota has doubled up the Rangers in the runs column, 16-8.

08/30 10:31:02 ET

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Scoreboard
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Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
7:35pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
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DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
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BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
Final
KAN 5
MIN 11
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
9th
ANA 3
OAK 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
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BAL
MIN
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
BOS
 
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NYM
PHI
 
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
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CWS
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
TEX
 
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STL
CHC
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
COL
 
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ANA
OAK
 
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SDP
LOS
 
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SEA
WAS
 
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SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
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LAMON 17
WAKE 10
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MISS 35
BSU 13
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TULSA 38
TULA 31
 
4th
WASU 38
RUTG 34
 
3rd
ARST 45
WEBER 7
 
3rd
VANDY 7
TEMPL 24
 
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UCONN
BYU
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WKENT
BGU
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MSU
JVST
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COL
COLST
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HOU
TXSANANTO
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ARZ
UNLV
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
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BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
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NYG 16
NEP 13
 
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TAM 10
WAS 24
 
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NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
Final
SDC 12
ARI 9
 
4th
OAK 38
SEA 31
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
5:05pm Tonight
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7:35pm Tonight
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