Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Welcome to the American League, Roy Oswalt.

For the second straight start, the Texas Rangers right-hander allowed an AL lineup 13 hits. Oswalt managed to escape with a win over the Detroit Tigers on June 27, but Tuesday, he absorbed a 19-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Oswalt is the first pitcher to allow at least 13 hits in consecutive starts since Livan Hernandez did it with the Minnesota Twins in 2008. Since 1970, it had happened on only two other occasions.

Oswalt is throwing strikes. They just don't seem to be quality strikes, which accounts for why AL hitters have torched him for a .473 average in their two games against him. Oswalt allowed nine hits, but only two runs, while facing Colorado in his Rangers debut.

For the first 10 years of his career, when Oswalt resided in the National League, mostly in Houston, he fattened up on the soft underbelly that has been the NL Central. He went 78-42 against the division. Three of his regular opponents -- Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh -- ranked among the bottom eight teams in the majors in winning percentage during his time in the NL.

"I think it's just new guys and I haven't faced a lot of them, " Oswalt said. "If you think about it, in the National League, you get the pitchers' spot for maybe two at-bats. That's the biggest difference.

"I just threw the ball over the plate tonight and they hit it."

Manager Ron Washington agreed: "I'm not going to make excuses for what those guys did. He got the ball over the plate, and they didn't miss. They came out swinging."

Oswalt said he intended to work the edges of the strike zone better than he did in his last start against Detroit, but he quickly shied away from that when he got little latitude from plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.

He fell behind leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza before allowing a single. He then allowed home runs to three of the next four hitters, putting himself in a 4-0 hole in the first. It grew to 7-0 by the second. When it was done, Oswalt was charged with 11 runs (nine earned) in 4 2/3 innings.

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