Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Doug Fister
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers square off in the finale of a three-game series at 7:05 on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN. The game features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Doug Fister. A quick look at the matchup:
Oswalt (1-0, 1.35): The 34-year-old will make his second start of the season after being signed by the Rangers in early June. ... Picked up the win in his Rangers debut, tossing 6 2/3 innings and giving up just one run on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts Friday. ... Will be making his 327th career start. ... He became the oldest Rangers pitcher to record a win since Kenny Rogers on Sept. 23, 2005. ... Has has never faced the Tigers. ... He is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in seven career starts vs. AL Central opponents.
Fister (1-4, 2.72): The 28-year-old is making his ninth start of the season. ... He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings of work in his last start Friday against the Pirates. ... Has a 1.50 ERA in two June starts. ... Fister has a 3.23 ERA in five road starts. ... Six of his eight starts this year have been quality starts.
Hitters: Current Rangers are hitting .266 (37-for-139) against Fister. ... Nelson Cruz is 7-for-14 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs. ... David Murphy is 6-for-16 with two home runs and four RBIs. ... Elvis Andrus is just 3-for-19. ... Current Tigers are 10-for-61 off Oswalt. ... Prince Fielder is 5-for-36 (.139) with a home run, double, two RBIs and nine strikeouts. ... Miguel Cabrera is 3-for-15 with a double. ... Gerald Laird is 0-for-6.
Thu. vs. Oakland: RHP Scott Feldman (1-6, 6.00) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (2-7, 6.02), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Fri. vs. Oakland: LHP Matt Harrison (10-3, 3.24) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (0-0, 3.00), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. Oakland: TBA vs. LHP Tommy Milone (8-5, 3.83), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. Oakland: RHP Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.57) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (1-2, 3.89), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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