Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Rangers-A's continues with Lewis taking on Hahn

Right-hander Colby Lewis makes his 143rd career start for the Rangers, the eighth most in club history, against Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn in Game 2 of the four-game series on Tuesday night.
Lewis made 29 starts for the Rangers last season after missing 18 months because of elbow and hip surgery. Hahn is making his first start for the Athletics after being acquired from the Padres in the offseason. He won a spot in the rotation in Spring Training after posting a 3.06 ERA in five starts.
Things to know about the game:
• Athletics hitters have a combined 80 career at-bats against Lewis, but Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick have 44 of them, and both are on the disabled list. Next on the list is Billy Butler, who is 3-for-9 off Lewis in his career.
• Hahn needs to show some endurance. Last season opponents hit .200 off him, with a .269 slugging percentage, through 75 pitches. After 75 pitches those numbers jumped to .274 and .510. He threw at least 100 pitches in just one of his 12 starts.
• The Athletics seek to regain home-field advantage against the Rangers this season after going 2-7 them at the Coliseum in 2014. That was the most losses by the Athletics against the Rangers on their home turf, and it cost them home-field advantage for the American League Wild Card Game.

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