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 Posted: Thu Oct 6th, 2016 12:09 am
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The Texas Rangers will open their best-of-five division series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Park on Thursday with left-hander Cole Hamels on the mound, and will send right-hander Yu Darvish to the hill for Game 2, the club confirmed Wednesday.

Hamels, an All-Star for the fourth time in 2016, impressed in his first full season with Texas, authoring a 3.32 ERA (136 ERA+) with a 1.31 WHIP over 32 starts - none of which came against the Blue Jays.

In 11 seasons in the big leagues, the 32-year-old owns a 3.03 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP in 15 postseason starts, notching 91 strikeouts while allowing 11 home runs in 95 innings (1.04 per nine).

Darvish, meanwhile, made his triumphant return to the mound in May after missing the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery. Though he returned to the disabled list in June due to shoulder and neck issues, the 30-year-old ended up posting a 3.41 ERA (133 ERA+) in 17 starts while posting the second-highest strikeout rate (31.7 percent) among pitchers with at least 100 innings in 2016.

Since debuting with the Rangers four years ago, Darvish has made just one postseason start. He allowed three runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings en route to a 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 American League wild-card game.