Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Mitch Atkins
Harrison (6-7, 3.30 ERA): Harrison is coming off a disappointing start in Houston on June 30, picking up the 7-0 loss. … Harrison was able to go six innings in his last start but gave up five runs on seven hits, including a home run to Carlos Lee in the seventh. … Harrison has had an up-an-down season to date but has consistently stayed around the .500 mark. … He has had success against the current Orioles lineup, which his hitting .222 against him. … Harrison is 3-4 at home in 2011 with a 3.86 ERA.
Atkins (Career 0-0, 6.00 ERA): While no pitcher has officially been given the nod, it is expected that Baltimore will call up Atkins to make his first major league start of 2011. … Atkins has seven major league games under his belt in his last two seasons with the Cubs. … Atkins is 2-3 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
Hitters: Both Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones are 2-for-6 against Harrison… A home run by Jones is the Orioles' only extra-base hit against Harrison. … No Rangers hitters have faced Atkins to date.
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