Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Tyson Ross
Feldman (1-6, 6.00): The 29-year-old will start in the place of an injured Colby Lewis after being bounced back and forth between the bullpen and rotation. ... He has struggled as a starter this season, losing six-straight starts before getting his first win against San Diego on June 19. ... His 0-6 start was the longest season-opening streak in Texas since C.J. Wilson lost his first six in 2005. ... Feldman hasn't had much run support, receiving an average 3.60 runs per 9 innings through his first eight starts (lowest average on the roster). ... He has managed to lower his season ERA from 7.01 to 6.00 after posting a 4.41 ERA with 18 strikeouts and one walk in his last three starts. ... He is tied for fourth in the AL in unearned runs (seven). ... He is 0-3 with a 11.57 ERA in four games against the AL West this season. ... He is 3-6 with a 6.58 ERA (49 ER in 67 IP) in his career against Oakland, having lost his last four starts. ... Allowed a career-high eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in his last start against the A's on June 4.
Ross (2-7, 6.02): The 25-year-old is riding a four-game losing streak and is tied for the most losses on the A's pitching staff. ... He has struggled on the road, going 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in 30 1/3 innings compared to a 1-3 record and 4.82 ERA in 28 innings at home. ... He has not faced Texas since his rookie year in 2010. ... He has pitched six innings and allowed a total of seven hits, one run, no walks and three strikeouts in three games against the Rangers.
Hitters: A's hitters are batting .270 (20-for-74) all-time against Feldman. ... Kurt Suzuki is 5-for-17 with two doubles, four RBIs and four strikeouts. ... Cliff Pennington is 3-for-12 with a double, a triple, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Coco Crisp is 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a strikeout. ... Current Rangers are 3-for-18 against Ross. ... Ian Kinsler is 1-for-3 with a strikeout. ... David Murphy is 1-for-4. ... Mike Napoli is 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
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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