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Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Vin Mazzaro

5/15/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas No. 1 starter Colby Lewis will face Kansas City spot starter Vin Mazzaro on Tuesday, wrapping a quick two-game series. A look at the matchup:

Lewis (3-2, 3.69 ERA): Lewis has dropped his last two decisions after winning his first three this season. He’s coming off the strangest start in his career, when he set career highs in strikeouts (12) and home runs allowed (five) in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the first pitcher to give up five homers in a double-digit strikeout performance. Opponents are hitting an AL-low .077 (2-for-26) against him with runners in scoring position, with Lewis racking up 11 strikeouts in those situations. Lewis has a 1.45 ERA at home this season and is allowing the fewest walks per nine innings (1.2) of any AL starter.

Mazzaro (0-0, 0.00 ERA): Mazzaro has only pitched one inning in the big leagues this season. He was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last week and pitched a perfect eighth inning Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. He was 1-0 with a 4.37 ERA in Triple-A. The 25-year-old righty is 11-18 with a 5.11 ERA in 49 career big league appearances, including 39 starts. He is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in three outings against the Rangers.

Hitters: Current Royals are 7-for-25 with two doubles, four RBIs and three strikeouts against Lewis. No Kansas City player has more than five at-bats against him. Jason Bourgeois is 2-for-5 against Lewis. Eric Hosmer is 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Former Ranger Jeff Francoeur is 0-for-3. … Current Rangers are hitting .390 with three homers and seven RBIs in 41 at-bats off Mazzaro. David Murphy is 2-for-6 with two homers and three RBIs. Michael Young is 4-for-5 with a double. Mike Napoli is 3-for-8 with a homer and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus is 0-for-4.

Up next:

Wed. vs. Oak.: RHP Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.84) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (5-2, 3.92), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW

Thur. vs. Oak.: LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.23) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-3, 2.56), 1:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW