Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Anthony Swarzak
April, 13, 2012
By David Stein | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers hit the road for the first time this season, a three-game series at Minnesota. Tonight's game is on TXA21 and starts at 7:10 p.m. Here are the probables for the road opener:
Matt Harrison (1-0, 0.00 ERA): The lefty looked sharp in his first outing. He gave up four hits in six scoreless innings against the White Sox. He went 1-1 against the Twins last season but gave up just two runs in two starts. ... In three appearances (one start) at Target Field, Harrison is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA. ... He was also shelled for eight runs over five innings in his first career road start at the old Metrodome in 2008.
Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 1.80 ERA): The 26-year-old was outdueled by Jason Hammel in his first start but proved he deserved another shot in the rotation by giving up four hits and one earned run in five solid innings. ... He earned the start after Liam Hendricks was hospitalized with food poisoning. He's struggled against the Rangers in his career. ... In his three appearances (one start) he has given up 16 hits and nine earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. Another bad outing against Texas could send him back into the bullpen as a long reliever.
Hitters: Mike Napoli is 2-9 against Swarzak with a double. ... Nelson Cruz is 1-6 with the only home run against him on the roster. ... Elvis Andrus is 0-5 and Ian Kinsler is 0-3. ... Joe Mauer is 2-7 with the only home run against Harrison. ... Josh Willingham is 1-7 with five strikeouts. ... Justin Morneau is 2-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Saturday at Minnesota (12:05 p.m., FOX): RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 7.94) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (0-1, 7.50)
Sunday at Minnesota (1:10 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 0.00) vs. Liam Hendricks (first start)