Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Gavin Floyd
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Easter Sunday, Masters Sunday and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Tonight's nationally televised game features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Gavin Floyd in the final game of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. A look at the matchup:
Harrison (0-0, 0.00 ERA): The left-hander comes into the 2012 season with plenty of confidence. He stayed in the Rangers' rotation for the all of 2011 and posted career-best numbers. He was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 185 2/3 innings in 30 starts last year. ...Harrison had started in the rotation out of spring training in 2009 and 2010, but didn't have any staying power. ...Last year was different, and he's kept the momentum going the past few months. He had the most consistent spring of any Rangers starter and is ready to go for the season. ...He was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts against the White Sox last season (6 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 7 BB in 11 1/3 IP).
Floyd (0-0, 0.00 ERA): He was 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA in 193 2/3 innings in 2011. ...Has at least 10 wins, 30 starts and 145 strikeouts in his last four seasons. ...He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts against Texas in 2011, allowing just one earned run in 14 innings. ...Floyd is 2-3 and sports a 4.73 ERA in six career starts vs. the Rangers. ...Lost his last start in Arlington back on May 25, 2011, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings.
Hitters: Paul Konerko is 1-for-11 against Harrison and A.J. Pierzynski is 0-for-5. ...Brent Morel (2-for-4) and Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-3) have hit well off Harrison in limited appearances. ...Josh Hamilton (6-for-10, 4 RBIs) and Michael Young (4-for-15) have fared well off Floyd. ...Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus are a combined 2-for-17 against him.
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.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.