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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Trevor Cahill

By Richard Durrett

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The final game of this three-game series and six-game road trip features RHP Colby Lewis and RHP Trevor Cahill. The game starts at 2:37 p.m. Dallas time on FSSW and 103.3 FM ESPN. Join us for a live in-game chat, BTW. Here's a quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (13-10, 4.45 ERA): He got his 13th victory of the season Saturday at Safeco Field in Seattle, despite allowing six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He had seven strikeouts and one walk. ...He gave up four runs on four hits in the second inning and allowed a two-run homer to Mike Carp in the fifth. ...Lewis has won two straight starts thanks in part to 15 runs of support. ...He has a 7.94 ERA in his last five starts. ...Is 8-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 15 road starts this season, allowing more than four earned runs only twice all season. ...Lewis has won five of his last six decisions away from Arlington. ...Is 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts against Oakland this season. The four wins are tied for second-most ever in a single season by a Ranger against the A's since they moved to Oakland in 1968. Fergie Jenkins was 5-0 against them in 1974.

Cahill (11-14, 4.31 ERA): After struggling through August with an 0-4 mark and a 7.15 ERA, Cahill has improved a little so far this month. ...His last outing was a quality start against the Tigers, allowing three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss. ...He beat the Rangers on Sept. 10 despite giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings. ...After going 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his first eight starts, Cahill is 5-14 with a 5.27 ERA in his last 24 starts (beginning May 15). ...He is 9-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 14 career starts vs. Texas. ...The only other A's pitcher with more wins against the Rangers is Barry Zito (17). In five starts this season vs. the Rangers he is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA with nine walks and 21 strikeouts.

Hitters: Rangers with success off Cahill: Adrian Beltre (8-for-23, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), David Murphy (9-for-33, HR, 3 RBIs). Players that have struggled: Nelson Cruz (4-for-21), Ian Kinsler (6-for-27), Mike Napoli (1-for-18) and Michael Young (7-for-33). ...The A's are hitting .209 as a team against Lewis. Daric Barton (2-for-19), Scott Sizemore (1-for-11) and Kurt Suzuki (4-for-21) have particularly struggled. ...Hideki Matsui (7-for-22, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Jemile Weeks (5-for-10) and Josh Willingham (5-for-16, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs) have hit Lewis well.

Upcoming matchups:

Fri. vs. Sea: LHP Matt Harrison (13-9, 3.42) vs. LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-4, 8.25), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/TXA21
Sat. vs. Sea: RHP Alexi Ogando (13-8, 3.58) vs. RHP Feliz Hernandez (14-13, 3.32), 3:11 p.m., 103.3/1540/FOX
Sun. vs. Sea: LHP Derek Holland (15-5, 3.92) vs. LHP Charlie Furbush (3-6, 6.29), 2:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW