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Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Rich Harden

9/18/2011

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The start of this three-game series between the Rangers and A's in Oakland features LHP Derek Holland and RHP Rich Harden. Here's a quick look:

Holland (14-5, 4.02 ERA): The lefty has had four consecutive quality starts for the first time in his career. ...He got the win in a 9-1 Rangers victory over Cleveland on Wednesday, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and three walks. ...Holland leads the AL in run support at 7.50 per nine innings. ...He is 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his last 13 starts beginning July 7, dropping his season ERA by more than a run (from 5.10 to 4.02). ...He is working on extra rest for the second straight start. ...Is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts against the A's this season. ...He has started six of the club's 18 shutouts and has four complete-game shutouts, which is second in the majors. ...Texas has scored in the first inning in 14 of his last 21 starts.

Harden (4-3, 4.76 ERA): He's 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four starts. Opponents are hitting .348 off him in that span. ...Harden has 75 strikeouts since the All-Star break, which is tied for sixth in the AL. ...He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss. ...Harden, a former Ranger, is 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 14 career appearances (13 starts) against Texas. ...He's 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (9 runs on 13 hits in 9 innings) in two starts vs. the Rangers this season.

Hitters: Four A's have at least 10 at-bats against Holland: Hideki Matsui (4-for-17, 2 HR, 5 RBIs), Cliff Pennington (3-for-14), Daric Barton (1-for-10) and Kurt Suzuki (5-for-15, 2 HR, 4 RBIs). ...Ian Kinsler (5-for-8), Josh Hamilton (4-for-8, 4 RBIs) and Elvis Andrus (2-for-5, 2B) have had success off Harden. ...Michael Young is 9-for-34 against him and Adrian Beltre is 2-for-16.

Upcoming matchups:

Wed. at Oak: LHP C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.97) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (9-8, 3.35), 9:11 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW/ESPN

Thur. at Oak: RHP Colby Lewis (13-10, 4.45) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (11-14, 4.31), 2:37 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW