Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Scott Diamond
Oswalt (4-2, 6.04 ERA): The veteran is filling in for Yu Darvish, whose start was skipped because of a tight right quad muscle. ... Oswalt is starting on regular rest after pitching for Ryan Dempster on Saturday in Toronto. ... Oswalt gave up one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks. He threw 62 pitches and we'll see how many he's able to throw tonight. ... The appearance in Toronto is his only one since Aug. 8 and was his first start since July 30. ... Oswalt is 3-2 with 5.95 ERA in seven starts and 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three relief appearances. ... He's 1-1 with a 4.23 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.
Diamond (10-5, 2.95 ERA): He's been in the rotation since early May and has been consistent. ... In August, Diamond is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. He had a 3.54 ERA in July. ... Diamond has five straight quality starts, including a 3-2 loss to Seattle on Aug. 18. He allowed two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and no walks. ... His ERA on the road (3.39) is worse than at home (2.58).
Hitters: Five Minnesota batters have 10 or more at-bats off Oswalt -- Jamey Carroll (2-for-10), Ryan Doumit (7-for-21), Joe Mauer (4-for-10), Justin Morneau (3-for-10) and Josh Willingham (6-for-21). ... Diamond hasn't faced the Rangers.
Fri vs. Minn: LHP Matt Harrison (14-7, 3.19) vs. RHP Samuel Deduno (4-1, 3.33), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat vs. Minn: RHP Ryan Dempster (7-6, 2.99 NL&AL) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (3-8, 4.46), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun vs. Minn: RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Cole De Vries, 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
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.