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HOU@TEX: Darvish strikes out 11 in win over Astros

The Rangers have rolled through the National League in Interleague play this year, posting an 11-3 record and winning every series. They continued that trend on Tuesday with a 7-3 win over the Padres.

Texas will go for the sweep and its sixth straight win, sending rookie phenom Yu Darvish to the mound against San Diego on Wednesday for his first game at Petco Park since the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Darvish has struggled a bit of late, going 4-4 with a 4.53 ERA in his last eight starts. He is, however, coming off a strong eight-inning start on Friday, when he gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in a win over the Astros.

"I think command was better last outing," Darvish said. "The feel of the ball, the way it's coming out of my hand, it feels good. I feel confident that I can continue on this track. I just have to take care of myself physically, and make sure I'm in good shape."

Rangers manager Ron Washington hopes for more of the same Wednesday.

"A continuation of what we saw last time, working off his fastball, throwing strikes, that's it," Washington said. "If he does that, he's going to continue to gain knowledge about this league quicker than maybe anybody thought he would."

Anthony Bass will oppose Darvish and take the mound for the Padres, but he has struggled mightily lately, going 0-3 with an 8.89 ERA in his last five starts. In his last 26 1/3 innings, he's allowed 26 earned runs.

"It's not fun, not doing well," Bass said. "When I have confidence I feel I can get anyone out. Right now, I feel like I've lost it [confidence]."

Bass' last start was among his worst, as he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts against the A's on Friday. He struggled right out of the gate in that game, walking the first two batters followed by a triple and a homer later in the inning.

"I was trying to get ahead and I didn't," Bass said. "I couldn't get strike one that first inning and I fell behind."

Rangers: Moreland listed as day to day
• Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland was removed from Tuesday's game in the second inning because of a strained left hamstring.

He is listed as day to day after he grounded into a double play and limped off the field.

Michael Young came in to replace Moreland and went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Padres: Maybin happy to be home
• Considering how much he struggled during the team's road trip, center fielder Cameron Maybin is happy to be home at Petco Park.

He went 2-for-5 with a run on Tuesday on the heels of a 1-for-4 night in the series opener after going just 4-for-29 on the trip.

Maybin is batting .212 with three homers and 21 RBIs on the season, including a .233 average at home with two long balls and 14 RBIs.

Worth Noting:
• Josh Hamilton returned to the Rangers lineup after battling a stomach virus that hospitalized him Friday. He went 2-for-5 in Tuesday's game with a triple and two RBIs.

• Padres third baseman Chase Headley hit safely for the seventh straight home game on Tuesday. He has hits in 29 of 36 home games this season. Comments