Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Ervin Santana
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will look to rebound from a series loss to the Chicago White Sox with a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington. The first game in this showdown of division rivals features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Ervin Santana at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN. A quick look at the matchup:
Oswalt (3-1, 5.22): The 34-year-old will be pitching on 12-days' rest after receiving an anti-inflammatory shot in his spine for back tightness last Monday. ... He is 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 18 1/3 innings in three starts at home this season, holding opponents to a .351 average at the Ballpark in Arlington. ... He has allowed just eight hits in his last two starts after giving up nine or more in each of his first three starts. ... The Angels are one of just three teams (also Red Sox and Indians) that Oswalt has never faced in his 12-year career. ... He is 6-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts (125 1/3 innings) against AL West clubs.
Santana (4-10, 6.00): The 29-year-old has the worst ERA in the Angels' starting rotation and has allowed the most home runs (23) and earned runs (74) on the pitching staff. ... His 74 earned runs are the third-most in the AL and fifth-most in the major leagues. ... The 2008 All-Star is currently riding a three-game losing streak after starting the season with six straight loses. ... He has struggled the most on the road this year, posting a 2-4 record and 6.96 ERA in 10 starts and 54 1/3 innings pitched. ... He is 12-10 with a 5.82 ERA in 25 career starts against the Rangers, throwing 154 2/3 innings with 181 hits, 107 runs (100 earned), 42 walks and 112 strikeouts. ... This year, he is 0-1 against the Rangers with a 32.40 ERA in just 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Hitters: Oswalt has allowed a .282 career batting average against current Angels hitters. ... Albert Pujols is batting .302 (26-for-86) with seven doubles, five home runs, 13 RBIs, six walks and seven strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 2-for-10 with an RBI and three strikeouts. ... Santana has allowed a career .308 batting average against Rangers hitters. ... Michael Young is batting .360 (27-for-75) with three doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, two walks and 16 strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .235 (12-for-51) with a triple, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four walks and eight strikeouts. ... Ian Kinsler is batting .388 (19-for-49) with six doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBIs, three walks and five strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 10-for-37 with a double, three home runs, four RBIs, a walk and 11 strikeouts.
Tue vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
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Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.