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Chicago at Oakland

Venue: O.co Coliseum
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A day after the Chicago Cubs traded one starting pitcher, the man who may be the next trade chip dealt will get the ball looking to continue his dominant stretch.

While scheduled starter Matt Garza has been impressive over the last few weeks, Oakland's Bartolo Colon has been fantastic for more than a month.

In what could be a pitchers' duel Wednesday night in Oakland, Garza goes up against Colon, who seeks to extend the longest winning streak of his career.

Colon (11-2, 2.79 ERA) is not only undefeated over his last nine starts, he's recorded a win in each of the last eight with a 1.37 ERA while allowing one home run over 59 innings.

The 40-year-old gave up one run and six hits in eight innings in a 6-1 win over St. Louis on Saturday. He won eight straight decisions for the Angels from July 21-Sept. 10, 2005, the same season he won the Cy Young Award and a league-best 21 games.

"He's been dominant," teammate Josh Donaldson told the club's official website. "It hasn't even been a question."

Donaldson stayed hot in Tuesday's 8-7 series-opening win, going 2 for 4 with a homer and starting the Athletics' three-run eighth with a leadoff single. He's 12 for 26 with four homers and 10 RBIs over his last eight games, posting an OPS of 1.548 for Oakland (49-35), which has won five of six.

The Cubs (35-46) made two trades Tuesday, sending starter Scott Feldman to Baltimore while also shipping Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Feldman had been strong in his only season with Chicago, going 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA.

The move by the rebuilding Cubs clearly seemed aim at cutting payroll while still trying to maximize return. They received veteran reliever Matt Guerrier from the Dodgers, and pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles.

With the run Garza (3-1, 3.83) has been on of late, he may be the best available arm on the trade market as the July 31 deadline approaches - something he's well-aware of.

"Somebody asked me, 'Well, do you sit by your phone?'" the 29-year old right-hander said. "I said, 'No.' No phone calls. No worries, guys. I'm not too worried about it, just going to keep plugging away every five days."

For prospective suitors, his stock only seems to be rising after he spent almost two months on the disabled list with a strained lat to start the season. He's 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA over his last three starts.

He struck out a season-high 10 while throwing seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win at Milwaukee on Thursday.

"I like where I'm at, and I'm just going to try to keep improving," said Garza, who can become a free agent at the end of the year.

Although Chicago got rid of the much-maligned Marmol, the relief woes didn't end Tuesday. James Russell was tagged with the blown save as he surrendering the go-ahead three-run homer to Derek Norris with two outs in the eighth.

Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Seth Smith are a combined 4 for 35 off Garza with nine strikeouts. He's 1-3 with a 3.09 ERA in five career games - four starts - against the A's, but hasn't seen them since 2010.

Colon is 0-1 with a 5.33 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs, whom he hasn't pitched against since 2004. He has a 1.20 ERA in winning his two starts against NL clubs this season, and is 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last six versus the Senior Circuit.

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Probable Starters

Matt Garza, RHP
2013 stats
49.1 Innings Pitched 106.1
3-1 Wins-Losses 11-2
3.83 Earned Run Average 2.79
15 Walks 13
47 Strikeouts 61
96 Pitches Per Start 91
Career vs. opponent
32.0 Innings Pitched 25.1
1-3 Wins-Losses 0-1
3.09 Earned Run Average 5.33

Bartolo Colon, RHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
80°F60°F10mph/W53%8%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi Cubs5th NL Central4259.416153-7 W 1
Oakland1st AL West6339.618-5-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Bartolo Colon
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Valbuena111001.000
Borbon21000.500
Soriano367227.194
Navarro61013.167
Camp000000
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Matt Garza
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Moss32000.667
Reddick83004.375
Lowrie112003.182
Young61012.167
Smith111015.091
 

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Injuries
Chi Cubs
PlayerInjury
K. FujikawaForearm
E. JacksonHand
J. McDonaldShoulder
J. RuggianoGroin
Oakland
PlayerInjury
K. BlanksCalf
A. CallaspoHamstring
A. GriffinElbow
J. ParkerElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 21OAKTEX 4-3Cotts Doolittle 
Apr 22OAKTEX 5-4Ogando Gregerson 
Apr 23OAKTEX 3-0Perez Gray 
Apr 28TEXOAK 4-0Gray Darvish 
Apr 29TEXOAK 9-3Kazmir Perez 
Apr 30TEXOAK 12-1Chavez Ross 
Jun 16OAKTEX 14-8Lewis Pomeranz 
Jun 17OAKOAK 10-6Milone Darvish 
Jun 18OAKOAK 4-2Gray Tepesch 
Jul 25TEXTEX 4-1  
Jul 26TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 27TEX 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 16OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 17OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 18OAK 3:35 PM EDT  
Sep 25TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 26TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 27TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 28TEX 3:05 PM EDT