Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Travis Blackley

July, 18, 2012
7/18/12
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers conclude a two-game series against the Oakland A’s at the Coliseum. RHP Colby Lewis comes off the disabled list to face LHP Travis Blackley at 2:37 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (6-6, 3.51): The 32-year-old has been out since June 24 because of tendinitis in his right forearm. It was his first trip to the disabled list in three seasons with the Rangers. … Lost his last start June 23 at Colorado, allowing eight runs in four innings. … Allowed two runs or less in four of his five June starts. … Is 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 24 games in Oakland, including a June 6 complete-game loss in which he gave up two runs.

Blackley (2-2, 3.20): The 29-year-old Australian has been a pleasant surprise in the A’s rotation after he was claimed off waivers from the Giants. … Is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a .200 opponents batting average over his past five games. … Gave up one run in seven innings in a victory over the Rangers on July 1. … Has held left-handed batters to a .211 average this season. … Went eight years between his first and second major league victories.

Hitters: Current A’s hitters are hitting .204 against Lewis. … Jemile Weeks is 7-for-16 with a homer. … Josh Reddick is 4-for-10. … Kurt Suzuki 4-for-26. … Rangers hitters are 15-for-47 (.319) against Blackley. ... Nelson Cruz is 3-for-5. … Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre are each 2-for-6.

Up Next:

Fri. at LA Angels: LHP Derek Holland (6-4, 4.57) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (11-1, 2.26). 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. at LA Angels: RHP Yu Darvish (10-6, 3.96) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-9, 5.60), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FOX
Sun. at LA Angels: RHP Matt Harison (12-4, 2.87) vs. TBD), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182