Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Wei-Yin Chen
RHP Lewis (3-1, 2.97 ERA): He'll be making his seventh start of the season and pitching on regular rest after losing for the first time this season Friday in Cleveland. ... Lewis allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings in that outing, snapping his string of five straight quality starts. ... Before Friday, no opponent had gotten a hit off Lewis with a runner in scoring position, but the Indians got two such hits, including a two-out, two-run triple by Johnny Damon in the seventh that pushed the Indians' lead to three runs. ... Still, opposing hitters are 2-for-25 with 10 strikeouts with RISP off Lewis in 2012. ... He has pitched in six games (four starts) against Baltimore in his career and is 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 10 walks. ... He split two decisions vs. the O's in 2011, losing the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards on April 9 and then winning on July 4 in Arlington thanks to a quality start (three runs in seven innings).
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.76 ERA): The Orioles are 4-1 when the 26-year-old Chen is on the mound and the only loss was his first start of the season. ... Chen allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings with three walks and four strikeouts in Boston in his last start. ... Prior to his last outing, Chen had two straight quality starts, allowing two runs on 11 hits in 13 1/3 innings vs. the A's and Angels.
Hitters: The Rangers have never faced Chen. ... Wilson Betemit (3-for-5), J.J. Hardy (3-for-9, HR, 3 RBIs), Mark Reynolds (3-for-6, 2 HRs) and Matt Wieters (3-for-9) have had success off Lewis. ... Nick Markakis (1-for-10) and Brian Roberts (2-for-10) have not hit well against Lewis.
Thu. at Bal.: LHP Derek Holland (2-2, 4.43) vs. TBD (likely Tommy Hunter), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Fri. vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (4-1, 2.54) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (4-2, 2.61), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (4-2, 5.11) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.38), 12:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. LAA: RHP Neftali Feliz vs. RHP Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.60), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN
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