Yu Darvish doesn't particularly like mornings, but with a 5-0 record in day games this season, the afternoon is a different story for the Rangers ace.
"I think I'm a little sleepy in the morning, and during the day I feel sleepy," Darvish said. "That's why I'm successful."
When the Rangers take on the Indians Sunday afternoon, Darvish will enter with a 1.24 ERA in five day game starts, good for the seventh lowest day ERA in the Majors.
The Rangers' club record for lowest ERA in day games with a minimum of 30 innings is 0.86 by Jim Shellenback in 1972. Darvish is currently second.
The 27-year-old right-hander, who is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, said staying healthy comes first and foremost. He is 1-2, 3.79 in three career starts against the Indians.
"I like this weather," Darvish said. "It keeps my body loose."
Trevor Bauer gets the ball for the Indians. He's currently 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA on the season and is pitching on just four days of rest. The last time he pitched against the Rangers was June 6, when he gave up four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
His last start against the Mariners was shaky, pitching just 4 1/3 innings with eight hits and five earned runs. With the loss, he snapped his streak of four consecutive quality starts, but otherwise has been consistent for the Indians.
Bauer has worked at least six innings in 11 of his 15 starts and has allowed no more than three runs in eight of his past 10.
"Everything was a little bit off last outing, so I couldn't command the ball," Bauer said. "The biggest thing right now is getting my offspeed stuff down in the zone and my fastball up in the zone. It's kind of been reverse lately, either where my fastball's been down or way above the zone and my offspeed stuff's been up at the top of the zone. That's death for me."
Indians: House recalled, Adams sent down
As expected, the Indians recalled left-hander T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday ahead of his scheduled start against the Rangers.
In his first action back, House pitched five scoreless innings with just three hits and seven strikeouts. The club optioned righty Austin Adams to the same affiliate so that House could be added to the active roster, thereby scaling the bullpen down to eight relievers.
Adams, 27, worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday night, which was his only appearance with the big league club since being recalled on July 26. He had his first two Major League appearances in a stint with Cleveland last month, but has otherwise spent most of the season with Columbus, where he's posted a 2.28 ERA and thrown 40 strikeouts.
Though Adams wound up the odd man out, the Indians emphasized that he should contribute again in the near future -- possibly sooner rather than later.
"We called up Austin the other day knowing that it'd probably be a couple days," Tribe manager Terry Francona said. "The reason being, every time we're able to call up a guy like Austin, it's like putting experience in the bank. He got to pitch [Friday], which is great. He goes down, but he's a smart enough kid to know that we view him as part of our future. Sometimes the future can be pretty quick depending on circumstances."
Rangers: Andrus streaking at Progressive Field
Elvis Andrus went into Saturday's game with a 23-game hitting streak at Progressive Field, and extended it to 24 heading into Sunday with a single to center field in the third. Since first playing at Progressive Field on Aug. 11 2009, Andrus is hitting .400 (36-for-90) with 12 walks.
It's the longest hitting streak by a Rangers' player in any opposing ballpark. The next longest was a 20-game streak by Michael Young, also at Progressive Field. Andrus has the longest opponent's hitting streak at Progressive Field. The longest ever by an Indians opponent here in Cleveland was by Hall of Famer Harry Heilmann, who had a 28-game hitting streak.
"Everybody has some place where they hit well," Andrus said. "I always liked hitting here."
• Leonys Martin has seven outfield assists, the second most by a center fielder in the Major Leagues this season.
• Indians closer Cody Allen got his 14th save of the season Saturday. He hasn't given up a run since June 21 against the Tigers for a 13 1/3 inning streak.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.comThis story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.