Mound Matchup: Colby Lewis-John Danks

April, 6, 2012
4/06/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Each day, as we have for the past two seasons here on ESPN Dallas, we'll give you just a brief look at the pitching matchups. Here's some information on the two Opening Day hurlers for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox:

Colby Lewis: The 32-year-old makes his first Opening Day start after being a solid, veteran anchor the past two seasons. Lewis has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and has been the club's top postseason starter (4-1, 2.34 ERA in eight playoff starts). ...Lewis is the 23rd different Opening Day starter in club history. ...He's 2-3 with a 5.93 ERA in eight career games (41 innings) against the White Sox, including a 2-3 mark and a 6.16 ERA in six starts. ...He had just one start against Chicago last season and pitched a five-hit, complete-game shutout at U.S. Cellular Field on May 16. ...He was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four Cactus League starts.

John Danks: The former Ranger (and Austin native) says he'll have plenty of fans at the park on Friday. ...He was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA in 27 starts in 2011. He has made at least 26 starts in all five of his seasons in Chicago and won 15 games in 2010. ...Danks is 1-4 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts (52 innings) in his career against Texas. He's got a 4.68 ERA in Arlington. ...In three starts in 2011 against the Rangers, Danks was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He allowed four home runs in those 21 innings.

Hitters: 2B Ian Kinsler has had plenty of success off Danks, hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and five RBIs. ...RF Nelson Cruz (6-for-17) and CF Josh Hamilton (5-for-14) have also had success against Danks. ... C A.J. Pierzynski is 5-for-15 off Lewis. ...Paul Konerko is just 3-for-19 against him.

Up next:

Saturday vs. CWS (7:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Jake Peavy
Sunday vs. CWS (7:05 p.m., ESPN): LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Gavin Floyd
Monday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Hector Noesi
Tuesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz vs. RHP Blake Beavan
Wednesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Kevin Millwood
Thursday vs. SEA (1:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. LHP Jason Vargas

NOTE: All games are on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and we will be chatting live on ESPN Dallas as well.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .874
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182