Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Cole De Vries
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The skidding Texas Rangers will try to pick up one last win before the All-Star break in the final game of this three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Game 3 features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Cole De Vries at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Oswalt (2-1, 7.79): The 34-year-old is coming off of his first loss of the season, in which he issued a career-high 11 runs (nine earned) off of 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. ... Oswalt was the fifth starter in Rangers history to allow at least 11 runs in a game, the last being Scott Feldman, who gave up 12 against the Boston Red Sox in August of 2008. ... He has allowed nine or more hits in all three starts this year, including 13 hits in back-to-back starts, and has allowed opponents a .422 batting average with 35 total hits in 17 1/3 innings pitched. He had never allowed 13 hits in a game prior to 2012. ... The Rangers' single game record for hits allowed by one pitcher is 14. ... Oswalt is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three career starts against Minnesota, all with the Houston Astros. ... He lost his last start against the Twins in June of 2009, pitching a complete game and allowing five earned runs in the old Metrodome.
De Vries (2-1, 3.91): The 27-year-old rookie will make his fifth career start Sunday after a relief appearance against the Detroit Tigers on July 4. ... He has struggled on the road, posting a 6.75 ERA in three games (two starts), allowing 15 hits, 13 runs (nine earned), five home runs, one walk and nine strikeouts in 12 innings pitched, compared to a 0.82 ERA and seven hits in two starts (11 IP) at home. ... He has won his last two starts, both against the Kansas City Royals, and allowed 11 hits and six runs (five earned), one walk and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. ... He has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: Oswalt has faced five current Twins hitters, allowing 18 hits in 61 at-bats. ... Joe Mauer is 2-for-7 with a walk and a strikeout. ... Justin Morneau is also 2-for-7 with a double and a strikeout. ... Jamey Carroll is 2-for-8 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts. ... Ryan Doumit is 6-for-19 with two doubles and three strikeouts. ... Josh Willingham is batting .300 (6-for-20) with two doubles, two walks and four strikeouts. ... No Rangers hitters have faced De Vries.
Up Next: A record eight Rangers will be in action for the All-Star game on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on FOX. Texas will resume play after the break with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on the road starting Friday. Starting pitchers for that series have yet to be announced.
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