Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Chris Sale
By David Collier
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a 10-game home stand, the Texas Rangers hit the road to take on the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series beginning Tuesday before returning home to finish out the first half of the season. The series opener features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. LHP Chris Sale at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Oswalt (2-0, 4.26): The 34-year-old is making his third start of the season after making his Rangers debut in June. ... He has won both of his starts despite giving up a career-high 13 hits last Wednesday vs. the Detroit Tigers. ... The 13 hits tied the most hits ever allowed in a win in Rangers history. ... First time it had happened in 32 years. ... He was first Major League pitcher to allow at least five runs and 13 hits in a win since Manny Parra did for Milwaukee on Aug. 13, 2009, against San Diego. ... Only the second pitcher to win consecutive starts while giving up 9+ hits since the start of the 2011 season. ... Has faced the White Sox twice. ... First start was in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series with the Houston Astros, where he got a no-decision after giving up five runs on eight hits in six innings. ... Other start was June 25, 2006, in interleague play, which is his only other start at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings but got a no-decision.
Sale (9-2, 2.27): The 23-year-old is making his 15th start and 16th appearance of the season. ... Was named to the American League All-Star team. ... He has won his last six decisions, including an impressive performance last Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. ... In that outing, he gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. ... First on team in wins and ERA and second in strikeouts with 94. ... He is 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA at home this season. ... Threw his only complete game of the season June 3, giving up just two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners.
Hitters: Rangers are 3-for-13 (.231). ... Yorvit Torrealba is 1-for-1 with a double. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-2. ... Ian Kinsler is 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. ... White Sox are 32-for-120 (.267) ... Adam Dunn is 20-for-81 (.247) with four home runs, a triple, eight doubles, 12 RBIs and 28 strikeouts. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double and two RBIs. ... Orlando Hudson is 4-for-21 (.190) with a triple and two RBIs.
Wed. at CWS: RHP Scott Feldman (2-6, 6.13) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.50), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. at CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW