Sunday, August 4, 2013
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. A.J. Griffin
By Eric Gilmore
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers will play the finale of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon with left-hander Derek Holland facing A's right-hander A.J. Griffin. First pitch at the O.co Coliseum is set for 3:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
Holland (8-6, 3.18 ERA): Holland is 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in nine career starts against the A's. He's 2-1 with a 3.67 in six starts at the O.co Coliseum.
He's won four straight decisions against the A's after losing his first start versus Oakland on Aug. 4, 2009.
Holland had a no-decision in his only start against the A's this season on May 15, a 6-5 Texas win in 10 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Holland is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 road starts this season. He's 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his past eight road starts.
In 14 of his 22 starts, Holland has not allowed a home run.
Griffin (10-7, 3.90 ERA): Griffin is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers. He's 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts versus Texas this season.
Griffin has allowed 26 home runs, the most in the majors entering play Saturday and the most by an A's pitcher since Trevor Cahill allowed 27 in 2009.
Griffin has allowed at least two home runs in each of his past three starts, including three against Toronto in his last start.
Griffin went 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA in six starts in July.
Hitters: A's infielder Alberto Callaspo owns a .342 career batting average against Holland, going 12-for-35 with five doubles and one home run
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has five hits in eight at-bats (.625) versus Holland with one home run and two doubles.
A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has two hits in nine at-bats against Holland, both of them home runs.
Rangers left fielder David Murphy is 3-for-7 (.429) with two RBIs against Griffin, while catcher Geovany Soto is 3-for-6 (.500) with one home run and two RBIs.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre, right fielder Nelson Cruz and second baseman Ian Kinsler are a combined 6-for-28 with no extra-base hits versus Griffin.