Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kazmir, Detwiler square off in battle of southpaws

A pair of left-handers will be on the mound when the Rangers and A's play the third of their four-game series at the Coliseum.
Ross Detwiler is making his first start for the Rangers after being acquired from the Nationals this winter and winning a rotation spot in Spring Training. This will be his second career appearance against the Athletics.
Scott Kazmir will be pitching for Oakland. He won 15 games last season and is 9-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 career starts against the Rangers.
The Athletics had trouble when the opposition threw a left-hander last season. They were 24-25 against lefties and 64-49 when opponents started a right-hander. The Rangers were 22-29 against left-handers.
Things to know
• Shin-Soo Choo is 6-for-16 off of Kazmir. That .375 batting average is his second highest against the 24 left-handed pitchers he has at least 11 at-bats against. His five walks off Kazmir are his most against any left-hander.
• Craig Gentry should be back at the top of the lineup Wednesday for the Athletics. He was in the ninth spot against right-hander Colby Lewis on Tuesday.
• Rangers manager Jeff Banister could set extra right-handers into the lineup against Kazmir. Adam Rosales is 7-for-17 with a home run against Kazmir in his career and Jake Smolinski is 2-for-5 with a home run. This will be the first time the Athletics face a left-hander, so catcher Josh Phegley and first baseman Mark Canha may be in the lineup.

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