Ron Washington feels great about his bullpen today even though Martin Perez lasted only 2/3 of an inning on Wednesday and Yu Darvish was a late scratch on Tuesday.
After all, the key pieces are available including closer Joe Nathan, setup men Mike Adams, Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando, as well as left-hander Robbie Ross.
Washington is also confident with Matt Harrison on the mound, as he has gone eight or more innings in his last two starts. Harrison goes for his 18th win today.
Texas -- 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Josh Hamilton, lf; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. Nelson Cruz, rf; 6. Michael Young, 1b; 7. Mike Napoli, dh; 8. Geovany Soto, c; 9. Craig Gentry, cf.
LHP Matt Harrison (17-10, 3.17 ERA)
Oakland -- 1. Stephen Drew, ss; 2. Jonny Gomes, lf; 3. Yoenis Cespedes, dh; 4. Chris Carter, 1b; 5. Brandon Moss, rf; 6. Josh Donaldson, 3b; 7. Josh Reddick, cf; 8. Derek Norris, c; 9. Adam Rosales, 2b.
LHP Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.48)