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Matchup: Josh Outman vs. C.J. Wilson

9/10/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have to like their chances in the final game of this weekend series with LHP C.J. Wilson seeking a career-best 16th win. He'll face surprise starter LHP Josh Outman, who replaces Rich Harden, who was scratched on Saturday.

Outman (3-4, 3.23 ERA): Will be making just his ninth start of the season in his second stint with the club. He was recalled on Aug. 26 and has made three relief appearances with a 1.42 ERA. ... He recorded a loss in his last big-league start, a 4-2 defeat to Arizona on July 2. ... He has pitched well against the Rangers with a 1-0 record and 3.57 ERA in three career starts, however his last start against Texas was way back on May 29, 2009. He gave up three runs on three hits with nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings.

Wilson (15-6, 3.13 ERA): Coming off his first career complete-game shutout against Tampa Bay in which he allowed five hits and struck out six. ... Became just the sixth pitcher in club history and the first lefty to post 15 or more wins in consecutive seasons (first since Aaron Sele in 1998-99). ... He's riding a hot streak, going 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of August and he's 11-3 with 2.98 ERA over his last 20 starts. ... Has won each of his last two outings against the A's after dropping his first two. In three of those starts he last seven innings. He allowed one run on four hits over six innings in a 9-1 win in his last start against the A's on Aug. 12 in Oakland.

Hitting: The A's are batting .182 against Wilson with eight of 13 batters at .200 or worse. ... Josh Willingham, however, is not one of them. He's batting .500 off Wilson with six hits in 12 at-bats, including a homer, three doubles and five RBIs. ... Against Outman, Michael Young (2-of-8), Josh Hamilton (2-of-8, five strikeouts) and Adrian Beltre (0-of-5) are the only healthy Rangers with at least five at-bats. Nelson Cruz (hamstring) will be upset he's missing this matchup. He's 4-of-7 against the lefty with three doubles.