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Monday, October 1, 2012
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Jarrod Parker

By Richard Durrett

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The first game of this final series of the season between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's starts at 9:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. It features Jarrod Parker of the A's and Martin Perez of the Rangers. Here's a look at the mound matchup:

Perez (1-3, 5.03 ERA): The 21-year-old lefty is making his sixth career start. ... This is his third straight start in the rotation once the club decided to send Scott Feldman to the bullpen. ... He struggled in his last start, allowing five runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning. He threw just 24 pitches and gave up a career-high five runs to the A's last week in Arlington. ... It was the shortest start by a Ranger since Derek Holland lasted two-thirds of an inning on July 2, 2011 vs. Florida. ... He has made two of his five starts against the A's. He beat them for his first big league win in his first start (second appearance) on June 30, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Parker (12-8, 3.44 ERA): The 23-year-old had a solid September, going 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA in five starts, all of them against teams in playoff position or contending for the playoffs. ... Parker has won three straight decisions, including his last one, a 9-3 victory over Texas. ... He allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in six innings in that game. ... He has five straight quality starts and has pitched seven or more innings in four of them. ... He has won five of his last eight starts after losing three straight to begin August.

Hitters: Parker has held the Rangers to a .136 average this season. ... The only Ranger with multiple hits against Parker is Michael Young, who is 3-for-6. ... Nelson Cruz (0-for-6) and Josh Hamilton (0-for-5) have struggled against him. ... Chris Carter is 3-for-3 with a homer off Perez. ... Yoenis Cespedes is 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. ... Jonny Gomes is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Up next:

Tue at Oak: LHP Matt Harrison (18-10, 3.26 ERA) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (5-4, 3.91 ERA), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at Oak: RHP Ryan Dempster (12-8, 3.18 ERA NL/AL) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71 ERA), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW