ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of the Texas Rangers' four-game series against the Oakland Athletics features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP A.J. Griffin at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:
Harrison (10-3, 3.24): The 26-year-old is making his 16th start of the season. ... He left his last start (Sunday vs. Colorado) with lower back tightness but is ready to go. ... Tied with teammate Yu Darvish and David Price for AL lead in wins. ... Southpaw is first Ranger pitcher with 10+ wins before the All-Star break since Vicente Padilla in 2008. ... He is 6-0 with 1.29 ERA in last seven starts. ... Six straight wins is the longest single-season win streak for a Ranger pitcher since Alexi Ogando and C.J. Wilson both did it in 2011. ... Has allowed zero or one run in four consecutive starts. ... Averages club-record 1.13 ground-ball double plays per nine innings pitched during his career. ... He is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in seven career starts vs. A's. ... Got no-decision in his lone start against Oakland this season.
Griffin (0-0, 3.00): The 24-year-old is scheduled to make his second start of his season and career. ... In his Major League debut last Sunday in Oakland, he had a no decision giving up two runs on a two-run home run in six innings of work. ... Tallied a combined 6-3 record and 2.66 ERA in 15 games with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento. ... When he was called up, he was third in the A's minor league system in ERA and strikeouts (84).
Hitters: No Rangers have faced Griffin. ... Current A's are 31-for-93 (.333) off Harrison. ... Kurt Suzuki is 8-for-17 (.471) with a double and four RBIs. ... Coco Crisp is 6-for-14 with a double, a home run and four RBIs. ... Brandon Inge is 3-for-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs.
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, 3.05 in AL*), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
*acquired by Oakland from San Francisco in early May