Feldman seeks lucky 13th road win

Feldman seeks lucky 13th road win

OAKLAND -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler has an explanation for why Scott Feldman has pitched so well on the road this year.

"His nickname is 'The Swan,'" Kinsler said. "He can swim anywhere. He can fly anywhere he wants."

Sounds good.

Feldman will be back on the mound again on Thursday afternoon looking for his 13th road win of the season when he pitches against the Athletics at the Coliseum. Feldman, who grew up across the bay in San Mateo, is tied with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia for the most road wins in the Majors this season.

Feldman has already set a Rangers club record for most victories on the road in a season. But he still has plenty of time to do more. Feldman has three starts remaining, and they are all on the road.

The last pitcher to win 13 games on the road was Jarrod Washburn with the Angels in 2002. Since World War II, there have been only 13 times in which a pitcher has won as many as 14 games on the road in a season. The last was Scott McGregor with the Orioles in 1983.

Only three pitchers have won as many as 15 games on the road in that time. Juan Marichal won 18 and Denny McLain won 17 in '68 and Don Newcombe won 15 in '56.

If Feldman can win all three of his remaining starts, he will also be the fourth 20-game winner in Rangers history and the first since Rick Helling in '98.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (17-5, 3.62 ERA)
Feldman won his 17th game in a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday and has three more starts, giving him a chance to become the fourth 20-game winner in Rangers history. His 17 wins are the second most by a Rangers pitcher this decade behind 18 won by Kenny Rogers in 2004. Feldman, 26, is the third youngest pitcher in Rangers history to win 17 games in a season. He is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts against the Athletics.

OAK: LHP Brett Anderson (10-10, 4.21 ERA)
Anderson, a 21-year-old rookie, is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts in September and 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Left-handed hitters are batting .306 off him this year while right-handers are hitting .247. Opponents are hitting .307 off him with runners in scoring position. He is 4-5 with a 4.17 ERA at home this year. He is 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this season.

Pitcher Guillermo Moscoso had two wild pitches and catcher Ivan Rodriguez had two passed balls in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. The last time a Major League team allowed two wild pitches and two passed balls in an inning was on July 30, 2000, when Tampa Bay did it against Kansas City. ... The last time Rodriguez allowed two passed balls in an inning was on April 2, 2003, while with the Marlins. ... Oakland's Trevor Cahill and Seattle's Felix Hernandez are the only two pitchers who have beaten the Rangers three times this season. Cahill is one of seven rookie pitchers to beat the Rangers three times in his first season. Last time was Ryan Franklin with Seattle in 2001. Reliever Cy Acosta beat the Rangers four times as a rookie in 1973.

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Up next
• Friday: Rangers (Derek Holland, 7-12, 6.17) vs. Rays (James Shields, 10-11, 4.09), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 11-10, 3.79) vs. Rays (Matt Garza, 8-10, 3.70), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Rangers (Brandon McCarthy, 7-4, 4.87) vs. Rays (David Price, 9-7, 4.41), 2:05 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.