Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Travis Blackley
By Jeff Fletcher
OAKLAND, Calif. — The second game of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s features LHP Derek Holland vs. LHP Travis Blackley at 9:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
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Holland (4-4, 5.11): The 25-year-old is looking to bounce back from a disastrous outing in which he gave up eight runs and didn’t make it out of the second inning in what became a 21-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners on May 30. Holland’s ERA jumped more than a run, from 4.05, in that game. ... Prior to that he had a solid run of four consecutive starts with a 2.81 ERA. ... Is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in nine career outings against the A’s. ... Is 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA at the Coliseum.
Blackley (0-0, 3.38): The 29-year-old Australian began the season in the San Francisco Giants system, but was claimed on waivers by the A’s. He got his chance at the rotation after Brandon McCarthy got hurt and Graham Godfrey faltered. ... In his only start with the A’s, May 28 at Minnesota, Blackley gave up one run in five innings. ... Including with the Giants, Blackley has appeared in seven games as a reliever this season, compiling a 4.09 ERA. ... Prior to this season, he had not appeared in the majors since 2007. ... His only previous outing against the Rangers came in 2004, when he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings while pitching for the Mariners.
Hitters: The A’s are hitting .176 against Holland. ... Kurt Suzuki is 5-for-18 with two homers against Holland. ... Cliff Pennington is 3-for-16. ... Michael Young is the only Rangers player who has faced Blackley, going 1-for-3 against him in 2004.
Wed. at Oak.: RHP Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.50) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (4-6, 4.34), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. at Oak: RHP Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.21) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-3, 2.95), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Fri. at SF: LHP Matt Harrison (7-3, 4.37) vs. LHP Barry Zito (5-2, 2.98), 9:15
p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA-21