Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jarrod Parker
Darvish (12-6, 2.73): Over his past three starts, Darvish is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA, 29 strikeouts and nine walks, while allowing three home runs. ... In his most recent start, Darvish allowed only three hits over 6T innings against the Minnesota Twins, but two of those hits were home runs in a 3-2 Rangers loss. He struck out 11 and walked two. ... Darvish is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the A's this season and 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in five career starts versus Oakland. ... In his June 18 start against Oakland, he allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits, including two home runs, in a 7-3 loss. ... He leads the American League in strikeouts with 236.
Parker (10-6, 3.59): Over his past 17 starts, Parker is 8-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 78 strikeouts and 32 walks. His eight-game winning streak is the longest of his career. ... Parker's 17-start unbeaten streak is tied for the longest in Oakland history, matching Catfish Hunter's streak. ... Parker's last loss came on May 22 at Texas, when he gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 3-1 Rangers victory. Since then, he has won two straight starts against the Rangers. ... Parker is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 13 walks in six career starts against Texas. He's allowed five home runs. ... This season, Parker is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts versus the Rangers. He has 15 strikeouts, five walks and three home runs allowed.
Hitters: A's infielder Alberto Callaspo, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, is batting .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs against Darvish. ... Outfielder Seth Smith owns a .385 career average versus Darvish, going 5-for-13 with three doubles. ... Outfielders Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes are both hitting .333 versus Darvish. Crisp has a home run and a triple, while Cespedes has a home run and a double. ... Adrian Beltre (4-for-18), David Murphy (3-for17) and Ian Kinsler (2-for-12) are a combined 9-for-47 against Parker, but each one has hit one home run. ... Alex Rios is 3-for-6 with a double versus Parker.
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