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Friday, September 28, 2012
Matchup: Ryan Dempster vs. Jered Weaver

By Richard Durrett



ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final home series of the season for the Texas Rangers is upon us. They'll take on the Los Angeles Angels. The first game, at 7:05 p.m. tonight on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA21, features Ryan Dempster against Jered Weaver. A look at the matcup:

Dempster (12-7, 3.07 ERA in NL/AL): The 35-year-old will be making his 11th start with the Rangers, who acquired him at the trade deadline. ... He has seven wins since Aug. 1, tied with four others for most in the majors in that span. ... He got a 3-2 win in Seattle on Sunday, givng up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. ... His is 7-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 10 starts for Texas. ... He has seven quality starts, but two of his three non-quality starts are against the Angels. ... Dempster is 0-1 with a 14.63 ERA in two outings against the Angels.

Weaver (19-4, 2.74 ERA): He is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA, but that includes winning his last three starts. ... All three of those starts were quality starts, including his latest one -- allowing one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk against the White Sox. ... Weaver faced Texas in the club's last series in Anaheim and gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings in an 11-3 win. ... Against Texas this year, Weaver is 3-1 with a 5.32 ERA in four starts.

Hitters: Elvis Andrus is hitting .386 in his career off Weaver. ... David Murphy is just 7-for-47 (.149). ... Albert Pujols is hitting .351 with seven homers and 16 RBIs off Dempster in his career. ... Torii Hunter is 6-for-6 with six RBIs.

Up next:

Sat. vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (11-6, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (9-12, 4.93 ERA), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/Fox
Sun. vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (15-5, 3.42 ERA), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW