ARLINGTON http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are about to face a pair of their former aces, Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, in consecutive games against the Chicago Cubs.“That will be unique,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It will be a good challenge for our guys because they’re both so talented and it’s fun to see our guys play against the best.”While Darvish and Hamels will pitch during the opening series in the ballpark they used to call home, their former team is going through quite a rotation reclamation. The Rangers have four new starters, three of them coming off Tommy John surgery in 2017 — the last season Darvish and Hamels were in Texas together.Darvish made his big league debut with Texas in 2012 after playing seven pro seasons at home in Japan. He will start against the Rangers on Saturday in the second game of the series after Jon Lester made his third consecutive opening-day start for the Cubs in a 12-4 victory Thursday.Hamels, who started openers for the Rangers in 2016 and 2018, is set for the series finale Sunday.“I grew up in Japan, but at the same time I feel I grew up here too,” Darvish said. “This stadium has a lot of history, and I’m so happy to throw here.”The right-hander was 52-39 with a 3.42 ERA in 122 starts for the Rangers before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2017 and went to the World Series. He became a free agent and signed a six-year deal with the Cubs.Texas acquired Hamels from Philadelphia in July 2015, when Darvish was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The lefty was 38-21 with a 3.90 ERA in 88 starts in Texas Freddy Galvis Jersey , and was traded to Chicago last July.“Pitching in this ballpark matters,” manager Joe Maddon said. “The ball flies here pretty well, and these guys know about all that, so you have to make your pitches. You have to pitch inside, you have to be assertive and not get in bad counts. … Having pitched here, I think it will help them a lot.”Darvish is matched up Saturday night against Edinson Volquez, set to make his first start for the Rangers since 2007.Volquez returned to Texas as a free agent and spent last year rehabbing from his surgery that he had while with Miami. The 35-year-old right-hander was a teenager when he originally signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in October 2001. He made his big league debut in 2005 and was traded to Cincinnati two years later for Josh Hamilton.Lance Lynn makes his Texas debut Sunday after signing a $30 million, three-year contract. The right-hander was 21-18 with a 4.04 ERA in 64 games with St. Louis, Minnesota and the New York Yankees the past two seasons after returned from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss 2016.Drew Smyly and Shelby Miller, the other newcomers who had surgery in 2017, are set to start next week against the Houston Astros.“I kind of step back and look at them individually,” Daniels said. “If health was the No. 1 priority Randal Grichuk Jersey , you’ve got to feel good about it. It’s still something we’ve got to monitor. I don’t think you’re ever out of the woods with somebody who’s had a prior issues, but really have a lot of confidence in our medical team to manage it.” CLEVELAND — Trying to stay interested in a division race they have all but officially won, the Cleveland Indians will play the finale of a nine-game homestand Wednesday afternoon when they host the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. The two teams have split the first two games of their three-game series.Cleveland’s lead in the Central Division is 14 1/2 games over the Minnesota Twins. The challenge for the Indians is to not lose their edge as they play out the regular season in which not much is on the line.Article continues below …Manager Terry Francona said he will give selected players some days off. Left fielder Michael Brantley didn’t play Tuesday, and third baseman Jose Ramirez will not play Wednesday.“This doesn’t change how we play the game. We’re still trying to win,” Francona said. “But I’m going to keep an eye on the guys with a lot of at-bats.”Francona admits he’s walking a fine line during the last month of the regular season.“Once the (regular) season is over, you’ve got to re-create your momentum (for the postseason), regardless of how you played (in the last month),” he said. “Momentum can leave you in a hurry, or you can start your own momentum.”The goal for the Indians is to finish strong, and get injured players Trevor Bauer, Andrew Miller and Josh Donaldson off the disabled list.“We want to get everyone healthy,” Francona said. “The hope is in a couple of weeks we’ll have our team together and they’ll be able to play together for some games (before the start of the postseason).”One player who will be a key during the postseason will be pitching for Cleveland on Wednesday when Corey Kluber makes his 29th start.Kluber (17-7 Jose Bautista Jersey , 2.80) is in contention for his third Cy Young Award, and he has pitched well recently, going 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts.Kluber leads the league in innings pitched and is tied for the lead in wins and complete games. He is fifth in ERA, and in the top 10 in strikeouts and opponents’ batting average.In his last start, a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 31, Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.In three starts against Kansas City this year, Kluber is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA. His last start against the Royals was a 7-1 loss on Aug. 25. In that game, he gave up five runs and nine hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. Kluber is 11-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 23 career starts against Kansas City.The Royals on Wednesday will start right-hander Brad Keller (7-5, 3.26) http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , who in three career appearances (one start) against Cleveland is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.Keller’s last start was a 9-2 win over Baltimore on Aug. 31 in which he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.In his last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 24, Keller had no decision in a 5-4 Kansas City win. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.The Royals on Tuesday recalled pitchers Glenn Sparkman and Jerry Vasto from Triple-A Omaha, catcher Meibrys Viloria from Class A Wilmington and reinstated pitcher Eric Skoglund from the disabled list.The Indians selected the contracts of outfielder Brandon Barnes and infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Columbus.
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