FOUR-GAME SERIES AT RANGERS BALLPARK
Thursday, 7:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
LHP Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt (4-2, 6.04)
Friday, 7:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
RHP Samuel Deduno (4-1, 3.33) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.19)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
LHP Brian Duensing (3-8, 4.46) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (2-1, 6.04)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
RHP Cole De Vries (2-5, 4.89) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.47)
Since getting a double against Baltimore on July 19, Trevor Plouffe is batting .051 (2-for-39). He did have two hard-hit outs on Wednesday against Oakland. Since hitting a homer on July 3 against Baltimore, Plouffe has gone 92 plate appearances without a home run. ... Outfielder Matt Carson has a hit in all four games in which he has played since being called up from Class AAA Rochester last week. ... Righthander Anthony Swarzak has had trouble keeping the ball down since coming off of the disabled list last week, but manager Ron Gardenhire thinks Swarzak will regain his control once he gets a few more outings under his belt. ... Joe Mauer has caught 829 games in his career, two away from Earl Battey's club record. Mauer owns the club record for career starts at catcher, 796.
Righthander Yu Darvish was scheduled to start Thursday but has been scratched because of tightness in his right quadriceps. The Rangers view it as a precaution, and Darvish, in a release, said he doesn't even consider it to be an injury. ... The Twins will get a look at power-hitting prospect Mike Olt, who is expected to start Thursday with the lefthanded Diamond on the mound. It's not clear if Olt will start at first, third or right field. ... Texas took two of three games from the Twins in Arlington right before the All-Star break, including back-to-back wins in extra innings. ... Adrian Beltre homered off Deduno the last time they faced each other. ... Josh Hamiton is only 3-for-14 in his career against Duensing. ... Texas entered Wednesday with the best home winning percentage in the American League.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III