Saturday's contest between the Rangers and Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre should be quite the pitchers duel.
Right-hander Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77 ERA) will be on the hill for Texas, while left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42 ERA) gets the nod for Toronto.
Darvish has gone his last three starts without recording a win despite a 2.18 ERA and holding opponents to a .203 batting average during that stretch.
He allowed only three hits in seven innings on Sunday to the Royals, but took the no-decision in an eventual 3-1 Rangers win. It marked Darvish's 10th straight start where he pitched six or more innings.
"I don't think that's what the team is expecting of me," Darvish said of not winning his last three starts. "As long as we win and I'm able to contribute to the win, that's all that matters. If I don't get the win, it doesn't matter as long as the team wins."
Both pitchers will be well rested, with Darvish making his third straight start on five days' rest and Buehrle working on six days off.
Buehrle worked for every out in his last start, allowing four runs (three earned) on a season-high 10 hits in six innings for his fourth loss of the season. The veteran left-hander surrendered four infield singles, and they accounted for all but one of the Padres' runs.
Buehrle has now pitched at least six innings in seven straight outings.
"That's part of the game," Buehrle said of the infield hits. "It was one of those days I didn't have much and had to battle through the whole game pretty much. To be able to go through a quality start and go six innings today, I'll take it every time."
Rangers: Pudge elected to Rangers Hall of Fame
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, a spectacular catcher for the Rangers for more than a decade, was elected to the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Rodriguez, who broke into the Majors with the Rangers in 1991 at age 19, earned American League Most Valuable Player honors with the club in 1999, and won 10 of his 13 career Gold Glove Awards with Texas.
Rodriguez was selected by a committee comprised of Texas Rangers officials, media members, and members of the team's Hall of Fame.
"It means a lot to me," Rodriguez said. "I appreciate it. It is a great honor for me. I feel that a big part of my career and my success was here. The Rangers gave me the opportunity to become a professional baseball player. To be in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame is a great honor."
Blue Jays: Wang close to signing
The Blue Jays are reportedly on the verge of signing veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang.
Wang has reached a deal to join Toronto, according to a report by FoxSports.com, and he's expected to start on Tuesday against the White Sox. However, the Blue Jays haven't confirmed or denied the report.
The 33-year-old Wang pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees system earlier this season, but was granted his release in order to pursue an opportunity at the big league level. Wang went 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 58 innings for the RailRiders.
• The Blue Jays have won nine of their last 13 games at the Rogers Centre, outscoring the opposition 95-61.
• Darvish is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.