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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 5/16/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -200

-1.5  +170



DETROIT (22 - 16) at TEXAS (26 - 14)
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Thursday, 5/16/2013 8:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
965DETROIT+105Ov 7.5,-110+100Ov 7.5,+100
966TEXAS-115Un 7.5,-110-110Un 7.5,-120
DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games22-16-424-135.40.2830.3493.80.2340.295
Road Games9-9-2.310-84.60.2600.3243.60.2270.286
vs Right-handed Starters19-11+319-115.50.2880.3533.60.2320.290
Past 7 Games3-4-5.75-25.90.2870.3484.40.2390.306
Grass Games22-16-424-135.40.2830.3493.80.2340.295
Night Games13-4+6.910-76.20.2900.3603.10.2160.262
DETROIT - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.40.2830.349381390394118410.032021412641630639122722
Road Games4.60.2600.3241870318352160.028066147101571810128
Righty Starters5.50.2880.35330109931799320.03161109214152423392015
DETROIT - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.791.2631144848876571363-77558.3%
Road Games3.141.06463222242225853-33260%

TEXAS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games26-14+8.714-244.60.2660.3263.50.2360.295
Home Games11-4+5.84-105.10.2790.3512.70.2170.289
vs Right-handed Starters15-9+3.99-134.50.2590.3113.80.2480.308
Past 7 Games6-1+5.13-45.90.2860.3384.10.2380.297
Grass Games26-14+8.714-244.60.2660.3263.50.2360.295
Night Games20-8+10.310-164.70.2700.3283.30.2320.293
TEXAS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.60.2660.326401369364127530.041701222492227542173215
Home Games5.10.2790.3511549913947250.057356969113125138
Righty Starters4.50.2590.3112481821270330.041026114314153228186
TEXAS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.261.200113.342411031133978-1130100%
Home Games1.700.96942.39827414313-030100%
DETROIT - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/2/2013PORCELLO(R)@ HOUSTONLYLES(R)7-3W-1559.5 unO15131641
5/3/2013FISTER(R)@ HOUSTONNORRIS(R)4-3W-1858 ovU661990
5/4/2013SCHERZER(R)@ HOUSTONHARRELL(R)17-2W-2008 unO2190641
5/5/2013VERLANDER(R)@ HOUSTONHUMBER(R)9-0W-2908 unO1381460
5/8/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ WASHINGTONZIMMERMANN(R)1-3L-1157 unU791841
5/9/2013FISTER(R)@ WASHINGTONHAREN(R)4-5L-1207.5 ovO1291970
5/10/2013SCHERZER(R)CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)10-4W-1858.5 unO1580612
5/11/2013VERLANDER(R)CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R)6-7L-2608 unO76112131
5/13/2013SANCHEZ(R)HOUSTONNORRIS(R)7-2W-3058 unO920760
5/14/2013FISTER(R)HOUSTONHARRELL(R)6-2W-2958.5 unU1070530
5/15/2013SCHERZER(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)5-7L-3509 unO870821
5/23/2013 MINNESOTA  

TEXAS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/2/2013GRIMM(R)CHI WHITE SOXSANTIAGO(L)1-3L-1558.5 unU380890
5/3/2013HOLLAND(L)BOSTONDOUBRONT(L)7-0W-1309 unU18120652
5/4/2013OGANDO(R)BOSTONLACKEY(R)5-1W-1309 unU1080792
5/5/2013DARVISH(R)BOSTONLESTER(L)4-3W-1607.5 unU9100570
5/6/2013TEPESCH(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSFELDMAN(R)2-9L-1207.5 unO5521192
5/7/2013GRIMM(R)@ MILWAUKEEPERALTA(R)3-6L-1158.5 unO750951
5/8/2013HOLLAND(L)@ MILWAUKEELOHSE(R)4-1W1058 unU121001281
5/10/2013OGANDO(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)4-2W-2109 evU971580
5/11/2013DARVISH(R)@ HOUSTONBEDARD(L)8-7W-2708 ovO1152740
5/12/2013TEPESCH(R)@ HOUSTONLYLES(R)12-7W-1409 unO1781951
5/13/2013GRIMM(R)@ OAKLANDGRIFFIN(R)1-5L1108 unU730860
5/14/2013HOLLAND(L)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)6-5W-1157.5 unO107011112
5/15/2013OGANDO(R)@ OAKLANDSTRAILY(R)6-2W1058.5 unU770571
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Tigers-Rangers Preview* ========================

Detroit (22-15) at Texas (25-14), 8:05 p.m. EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Justin Verlander says it's May. Yu Darvish says it's not the first great opposing pitcher he's faced, and won't be his last.

True on all counts. These showdowns don't come along every day, though. And this one - the AL's strikeout king against his potential heir - is an enticing as they come.

The hard-throwing right-handers from Detroit and Texas will meet Thursday night in a billing that really hasn't been matched in Arlington since Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens faced off at old Arlington Stadium in 1989 - five years before Rangers Ballpark opened.

"That's pretty good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I would say that would be pretty interesting, I would think."

You would think. But you wouldn't be Verlander, the staff ace for Detroit. Or Darvish, the Rangers' second-year star. Or Texas manager Ron Washington.

"In May, getting excited, I try not to," Washington said. "It's great for the fans. If it doesn't go in our favor, it doesn't end our season. If Verlander has his stuff, it will be a long night. If Darvish has his stuff, it will be a long night. By long night, I mean runs will be at a premium, and it will be the first one to make a mistake."

That's pretty much the way it was April 30, 1989, when Ryan and the Rangers beat Clemens and the Boston Red Sox 2-1. Both went eight innings. Clemens gave up six hits with six strikeouts. Ryan limited the Red Sox to three hits and fanned 11.

Ryan is now the CEO in Texas, and figures to be watching from his usual seat in the first row near home plate.

"It's a nice matchup," Leyland said. "It's good for baseball."

Darvish is baseball's strikeout leader with 80 and on pace for 300, which hasn't been reached since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did it as Arizona teammates in 2002. Verlander has been the AL's strikeout leader three of the past four seasons.

Verlander doesn't push 100 mph on the radar gun quite as much as he used to, but always seems to find the velocity he needs in big moments.

Darvish can hit 95 mph and beyond, but the Japanese star is known more for varying speeds on his fastball and an array of pitches that had him within an out of a perfect game in his first start of the season at Houston.

"I saw him pitch last year a couple times," Verlander said. "I know he's striking out the world this year, but other than that, I haven't seen too much."

By their standards, both starters are coming off subpar games.

Darvish gave up two home runs and fell behind 3-1 in a rematch with the light-hitting Astros on Saturday, but improved to 6-1 when the Rangers rallied and won 8-7 despite a leaky Texas bullpen. He "only" had eight strikeouts in seven innings after getting 14 for the second time this season in his previous start. He's had at least 10 strikeouts four times.

Verlander had his worst outing of the year in a 7-6 loss to Cleveland that same day, giving up six hits and four runs in just five innings. He walked a season-high five and struck out seven.

Still, Verlander (4-3) has the edge over Darvish in ERA, 1.93 to 2.73.

"When I made the decision to come to the big leagues, I knew that I was going to be facing a lot of great pitchers," Darvish said through an interpreter. "I wasn't just thinking Verlander but there are many other great pitchers as well."

And Verlander isn't just thinking Darvish, or big matchup, especially this early.

"You don't need to get too amped up, especially for a game in May, and try to do too much," Verlander said. "That's the wrong way to approach it."

Washington sees the same approach from his prized ace-in-the-making.

"Because he's a competitor, he knows who's on the other side," Washington said. "But to stick your chest out and say, 'I relish that,' it's a game in May. He wants to win it as bad as Verlander wants to win it, but it's certainly not a championship or World Series matchup. It's just a ballgame that's on the schedule."

Verlander is 7-2 with a 2.02 ERA in 11 starts against Texas, going 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four outings at Rangers Ballpark.

Darvish won all three of his starts against Detroit last season behind a 3.60 ERA. He struck out 23 in 20 innings but walked 11.

The Tigers (22-16) enter this four-game series following Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Houston that prevented them from completing a three-game sweep. Detroit has dropped five of eight following a 10-2 stretch.

Texas (26-14) won for the sixth time in seven games Wednesday, 6-2 in Oakland.

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