Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Dan Straily
Holland (9-6, 3.00): Holland has been terrific on the road with a 7-1 record and a 2.85 ERA for 14 starts ... He is unbeaten in his last 11 road starts ... Holland took a no-decision in his last road start on Tuesday, giving up three runs in six innings ... He allowed eight of the first 18 batters to reach base ... Holland was 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA for August ... He has allowed more than four runs in just one of his 27 starts ... Holland is 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA for his career against the A's ... He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA for two starts this season against Oakland, both at O.co Coliseum.
Straily (7-7, 4.41): Straily makes his ninth start since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on July 20 ... He is 1-5 with a 4.68 ERA and has allowed a .304 opponents batting average ... Straily also has taken a page from teammate A.J. Griffin, allowing eight home runs in eight starts ... Straily is tied for the major league lead in losses since the All-Star break ... He leads AL rookies with 22 starts, 98 strikeouts and 122 1/3 innings ... Straily snapped a five-game losing streak in his last start, allowing a run in six innings in a 14-4 victory at Detroit ... He is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in four career starts in Texas ... He is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA for his three starts versus the Rangers this season.
Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 3-for-7 with an RBI against Straily. Josh Donaldson (5-for-11, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) and Alberto Callaspo (12-for-38, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) have had success against Holland.
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