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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
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
1st
NYR 0
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Half
MIA 52
BOS 42
 
Half
BRK 53
DET 51
 
2nd
SAC 52
LAL 57
 
Half
ORL 42
PHI 37
 
Half
WAS 50
PHO 50
 
1st
MIN 1
IND 0
 
1st
OKC 5
NOP 3
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
2nd
UGA 41
SHU 22
 
1st
ALA 25
APP 26
 
1st
KSU 6
NDST 7
 
1st
WASU 4
SJST 7
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
2nd
DET 0
COL 0
 
2nd
EDM 3
DAL 2
 
1st
BOS 0
BUF 0
 
1st
NYR 0
CAR 0
 
1st
CHI 0
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
4th
STL 27
NYG 37
 
4th
OAK 19
BUF 17
 
4th
DAL 42
IND 7
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA