Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Christian Friedrich
Oswalt (0-0, 0.00): The Rangers called Oswalt to the majors after he made four minor league starts to get ready. … In his last minor league start, he threw 100 pitches in six innings, allowing two runs and a walk and striking out five Sunday with Triple-A Round Rock. … It will be his first start since, as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, he lost Game 4 of the 2011 National League Division Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. … Oswalt’s last regular-season outing was Sept. 27, 2011, when he threw six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. … In his 11-year major league career, Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA with the Houston Astros and Phillies.
Friedrich (4-3, 5.60): The struggling Rockies have gone to a four-man rotation of Josh Outman, Alex White, Jeff Francis and Friedrich after sending Jeremy Guthrie to the bullpen. … Friedrich has dropped his last two starts, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) in nine innings. … He has a 2.10 ERA on the road in five games. … The former first-rounder made his major league debut on May 9, giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings against the San Diego Padres. … He was 3-1 with a 5.59 ERA in May and is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in June.
Hitters: Of the seven current Rockies who have faced Oswalt, Todd Helton is 8-for-29 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBIs. ... Michael Cuddyer is 3-for-8 with a double, a home run and two RBIs. ... Carlos Gonzalez is 0-for-6 and Wil Nieves is 0-for-5. … Friedrich has yet to face any of the Rangers.
Sat. at Rockies: RHP Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00) vs. LHP Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41 ERA), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM/FSSW
Sun. at Rockies: LHP Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41) vs. RHP Alex White (2-5, 6.06), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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