The first game of this four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Jarrod Parker at 9:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Feldman (0-3, 4.50 ERA): The 29-year-old will make his fifth start of the season and will do so after getting into a full starter's routine for three starts now after taking over for Neftali Feliz, who has a sprained ligament in his elbow. ... Feldman allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Mariners in a 10-3 loss. ... He has not completed five innings yet in any start. ... He's left one out shy of going five innings twice now and both times it was an Adrian Beltre error that occurred to end his outing instead of ending the inning. ... Feldman, who is from the Bay Area, is 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in five career starts at the Coliseum.
Parker (1-2, 2.88 ERA): The 23-year-old won his only start on May 1 against Boston, but despite some solid performances, hasn't managed to get a win since. ... In Parker's last two outings, he allowed one run on nine hits in 13 innings against Minnesota and the Angels, but the A's lost both games and Parker got no-decisions. ... He's a much better pitcher at home, sporting a 2.08 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 11 walks. On the road, Parker has a 4.30 ERA with 10 walks and eight strikeouts. ... He has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: The A's are hitting just .226 against Feldman. ... Cliff Pennington is 2-for-11 and Daric Barton is 3-for-16 off Feldman. ... Kurt Suzuki is one of the few hitters with success against Feldman going 4-for-16.