Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Travis Blackley
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.
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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Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
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Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.