Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Dan Straily
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The slumping Rangers open a four-game series against division-leading Oakland on Monday night with right-hander Nick Tepesch facing A's right-hander Dan Straily at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
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Straily (4-2, 4.45): Straily has turned around his season and rolls into this start against the Rangers. He is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA for his last five starts and has walked only four batters in 32 2/3 innings during his streak. Straily's career-high winning streak began against the Rangers when he outdueled Yu Darvish for a 1-0 victory on May 15 in Arlington. Straily allowed two hits and had seven strikeouts in seven innings. ... It's been a complete turnaround after a 1-2 start to the season with a 7.27 ERA. ... Straily is tied for second among American League rookies with four wins and third with 47 strikeouts. He beat the New York Yankees on Wednesday, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. ... He is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.
Hitters: Tepesch has never faced Oakland. Adrian Beltre has two hits in nine at-bats against Straily, who has held current Rangers to a .175 batting average.
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