Matchup: Josh Lindblom vs. Bartolo Colon


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Oakland A's open a three-game series in Arlington with right-hander Josh Lindblom facing veteran A's righty Bartolo Colon at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

Lindblom (first start): Lindblom will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make his first major league start. ... He has made 101 relief appearances in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadephia Phillies and is 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA. ... Lindblom will be pitching on seven days rest. ... The Rangers decided to convert Lindblom to a starter toward the end of spring training. ... He last started a game for Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers system in 2010, where he made 10 starts. ... He is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA for eight games/seven starts for Round Rock with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks in 43 1/3 innings. ... Lindblom was acquired with right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla as part of the trade involving Rangers all-time hits leader Michael Young on Dec. 9, 2012. ... Lindblom was a second-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2008. He has made one career appearance against Oakland, giving up a three-run walk-off home run to Yoenis Cespedes to lose 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth.

Colon (3-2, 4.56): Colon is 0-2 with a 7.17 ERA and a .314 opponents batting average in his last four starts. He has allowed five home runs in 21 1/3 innings. ... He opened the season with a 3-0 record and a 2.42 ERA for his first four starts. ... He has issued two walks all season and leads the big leagues with .38 walks per nine innings and a 13.50 strikeout-to-walks ratio. ... Colon had a no-decision in his last start, allowing three earned runs in six innings in the A's 6-5 loss in 10 innings to the Rangers. ... He has 18 wins against the Rangers, his most against any team. ... Colon is 18-7 with a 3.69 ERA for 30 starts against Texas. The only pitchers with more wins against the Rangers are Bert Blyleven, Dennis Leonard and Jack Morris, all with 19. ... Colon is 7-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 13 starts at Rangers Ballpark.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre (19-for-60, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) has had the most success off Colon. Cespedes hit the three-run homer off of Lindblom.