Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Travis Blackley
Harrison (18-10, 3.26 ERA): The 27-year-old will make his 32nd start of the season and is looking for his 19th win. ... Harrison's 18 wins mark the 10th season that a pitcher has done that (he's the eighth pitcher to do it) and he will try to become the sixth 19-game winner in Texas history (first since Rick Helling (20-7) and Aaron Sele (19-11) did it in 1998. ... Harrison has blistered his career-highs in wins, starts, innings pitched (207 1/3), strikeouts (128), complete games (4) and shutouts (2). ... He's 10-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 17 road starts, but has lost his last two (at Kansas City, at Seattle). ... All four of Harrison's complete games are on the road. ... He is 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA in three starts vs. Oakland in 2012. ...
Blackley (5-4, 3.91 ERA): This would be his 15th start since he was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on May 15. ... He's appeared in nine games since the start of August and is 2-1 with a 6.11 ERA with opponents batting .270 in that span. ... Blackley lost to the Rangers last week, allowing five runs on five hits in just one inning in a 9-7 loss Thursday, which allowed the Rangers to finish the series with a split. ... He's 2-2 with a 6.85 ERA in five career appearances -- all starts -- against Texas. ... He is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts vs. Texas in 2012.
Hitters: Coco Crisp (7-for-18, HR, 5 RBIs), Jonny Gomes (5-for-10, 2 2B) and Derek Norris (3-for-5, HR) have hit Harrison well. ... The lefty has held Chris Carter hitless in seven at-bats. ... Nelson Cruz (4-for-7, 2 2B), Ian Kinsler (4-for-10, 2 2B, HR) and Michael Young (4-for-13) have hit Blackley well. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-6 off him, but the one hit was a homer.
Wed at Oak: RHP Ryan Dempster (12-8, 3.18 ERA NL/AL) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71 ERA), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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