Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jerome Williams

June, 1, 2012
6/01/12
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first game of this three-game series between the top-2 teams in the AL West features Colby Lewis and Jerome Williams at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

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Lewis (4-3, 3.58 ERA): The Bakersfield, Calif., native will make his 11th start of the season and was 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA in five May starts (after going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in April). ... Took a no-decision in his last start, giving up four runs on 10 hits (matched his season high) in 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday in his shortest start of the season. ... Has received three runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts. ... He's 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA in five road starts in 2012. ... This is his first start against the Angels this season. He was 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts last year. ... Since re-joining the Rangers in 2010, Lewis is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA (20 innings) in three starts vs. LAA, all quality starts.

Williams (5-1, 3.81 ERA): He has quality starts in seven of his last eight outings. ... He was 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA in six May starts, including a victory in his last one. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings at Seattle. ... The only time Williams didn't have a quality start in that span came against the Rangers in Arlington, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, though that wasn't technically a start. Williams came in for C.J. Wilson after the rain and wasn't able to match Yu Darvish.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 5-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs off Williams. ... Nelson Cruz is 5-for-6 (.833) with two homers and six RBIs. ... The only hitter who doesn't have success off Williams is Elvis Andrus, who is 0-for-5. ... Peter Bourjos is 5-for-16 with a triple against Lewis. ... Torii Hunter is just 2-for-16 and Howie Kendrick 3-for-17 off Lewis.

Up next:

Sat at LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25 ERA) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77 ERA), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun at LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (6-3, 4.41 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (3-5, 3.52 ERA), 2:35 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167