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OAK@TEX: Darvish strikes out 10 A's in six frames

Yu Darvish will return from the disabled list for the Rangers on Monday night, but the Yankees must wait a little longer for Alex Rodriguez.

The third baseman was scheduled to make his season debut for New York on Monday in Arlington, but a Grade 1 quad strain will keep him sidelined through this week's series.

"He basically called it some stiffness. From what I understood, from talking to him, he didn't feel like he pulled anything," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We don't want to get in a situation where we call him up for a day, he plays a few innings, and then it's more than what you think it is."

Rodriguez had been working his way back from offseason hip surgery, and Sunday was the final day of his rehab assignment. But he was moved from third base to designated hitter during his game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after feeling tightness in his left quad, and he spent Sunday getting an MRI in New York.

His continued absence will make the Yankees' lineup a little easier for Darvish to handle in his first start since July 6. The right-hander gave up a season-high five runs against the Astros in that game, and he's been on the disabled list with a strain in his right trapezius muscle since.

Darvish was 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA and 157 strikeouts prior to going on the DL.

"I think [the break] was good for me," Darvish said through an interpreter. "I was able to rest and do everything I had to do."

And even though the Yankees won't have Rodriguez -- or the rest of their injured stars -- on Monday, Rangers manager Ron Washington said it is still a lineup to be feared.

"It doesn't matter who is wearing those pinstripes -- they always come to win, and that's the way they go about their business," Washington said. "It doesn't matter the personnel. They're the Yankees. They know how to win."

Yankees: Super Nova
• Yankees starter Ivan Nova entered the All-Star break on a tear. The young right-hander allowed just three combined runs on eight hits over two July outings prior to the break, winning both games while pitching at least eight innings in each.

Nova will look to keep his recent success going against a Texas team he's typically struggled against in his career. Nova has a 5.09 ERA in four starts against the Rangers, and he gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last start against them on Aug. 16, 2012.

He's had better luck in Texas than he's had in New York, though. Nova has pitched just once in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, throwing 7 1/3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball on May 6, 2011.

Rangers: In search of turnaround
• The Rangers are in the midst of one of their longest losing streaks of the season entering Monday's game. They were swept by the Orioles over the weekend, pushing their current skid to five games.

Texas has lost seven of its past eight games, averaging fewer than two runs per game in those losses. The Rangers have also been held scoreless in the first inning in each of the past nine games, bringing the team average during the opening frame to .199 -- the lowest mark in the Major Leagues.

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