Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Bartolo Colon
Lewis (4-4, 3.50): The 32-year-old gave up just two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in his last start on June 1, but he gave up two unearned runs and took a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. … After going 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in April, Lewis has mixed good starts with bad ones since then, going 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA. … Went 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA against the A’s last season … Has held right-handed batters to a .217 average and .240 on-base percentage this season, while lefties have hit .281 with a .326 OBP.
Colon (4-6, 4.34): The 39-year-old former Cy Young winner is in the second year of his “second career” after he missed 2010 while recovering from a shoulder injury. …. Went 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA in his first six starts and then 1-4 with a 6.75 in his past six starts. … Gave up two runs in seven innings in a 2-0 loss to the Royals in his previous start. … Is 12-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against the Rangers. … His victory total against Texas is the highest against any team.
Hitters: A’s 2B Jemile Weeks is 7-for-12 against Lewis. … C Kurt Suzuki is just 4-for-23 against Lewis, but he has two homers. … 3B Adrian Beltre is 17-for-51 (.333) with four homers against Colon. … DH Michael Young is 15-for-42 (.357) against Colon.
Thur. at Oak.: RHP Yu Darvish(7-3, 3.21) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy(4-3, 2.95), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Fri. at S.F.: LHP Matt Harrison (703, 4.37) vs. LHP Barry Zito (5-2, 2.98), 8:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA-21
Sat. at S.F.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-4, 7.01) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 2.38), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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