ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this four-game set between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland A's features LHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Travis Blackley. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A look at the matchup:
Harrison (17-10, 3.17 ERA): The lefty is trying to become the first 18-game winner for the Rangers since Kenny Rogers in 2004. ... He has a 2-1 mark and a 1.61 ERA in his last three starts and is 13-7 with a 2.53 ERA in his last 22 starts beginning May 22. ... Harrison gave up one run on seven hits in eight innings in Seattle, but lost 1-0 to former Ranger Blake Beavan and the Mariners. ... He's 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in eight career starts against the A's. ... Harrison is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA vs. Oakland in Arlington.
Blackley (5-3, 3.48 ERA): This would be his 23rd appearance and his 14th start since he was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on May 15. ... He has appeared in eight games since the start of August (five relief appearances, three starts) and is 2-0 with a 4.33 ERA and a .233 opponent batting average. ... He is second in the AL with seven pickoffs. ... He has three balks, second-most in the AL. ... Blackley is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA in four career appearances (all starts) vs. Texas. He's 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts this year.
Hitters: Current Rangers are hitting .288 off Blackley. ... Nelson Cruz (3-for-6, 2 2Bs), Ian Kinsler (3-for-9, 2 2Bs) and Elvis Andrus (3-for-9) have had success off Blackley. ... Mike Napoli is 0-for-5. ... Coco Crisp is 7-for-18 with a homer and five RBIs against Harrison in his career. ... Chris Carter is 0-for-4.
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