Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Scott Baker

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
1:00
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this four-game series with the Twins features LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Scott Baker. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (8-7, 3.05 ERA): This will be his 20th start of the season and his second of the homestand. ...Harrison, 25, gave up four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings getting a no-decision in a 5-4 win over Toronto on Saturday. ...He had eight strikeouts, matching his career high. ...He has induced 22 double plays in 2011, the most in the majors. ...He has won five of his last eight decisions since May 22, posting a 2.26 ERA over that span of 11 starts. ...Harrison is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in six career appearances against the Twins, including 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts. ...He took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings against the Twins on June 12.

Baker (8-5, 2.88 ERA): The 29-year-old has won six of his last seven starts, including his last one in Detroit. ...Baker gave up no runs on three hits in five innings with five walks and threw 82 pitches. Baker was just coming off the DL with the flexor muscle strain and they were easing him back in. He should be able to get to 100 pitches if needed tonight. ...He has one start against the Rangers this season, getting a complete-game win in June after allowing one run on five hits. ...In his career versus Texas, Baker has a 4-2 mark with a 4.41 ERA in eight starts. ...The Twins are 8-10 when he starts and he has quality starts in half of his 18 outings in 2011.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 7-for-23 off Baker in his career, the best batting average of the healthy Rangers with at least 11 at-bats off him in their careers. ...Baker has held Elvis Andrus to 4-for-15 against him. ...Jim Thome has the most at-bats of any Twin off Harrison. He's 2-for-7 with both hits being doubles. ...Luke Hughes is 2-for-3 off Harrison and the lefty has worked around Michael Cuddyer, issuing three walks in four plate appearances against him.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167