Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Phil Hughes
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Feldman comes out of the bullpen to make a spot start against the struggling Phil Hughes to close out the series. After Wednesday's finale, the Rangers don't play the Yankees again until August. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Here's a look at the matchup:
|Rangers manager Ron Washington talks to ESPN 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin about Yu Darvish's start and discusses the areas where his team needs to improve. |
Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75 ERA): The 25-year-old is trying to turn things around after a rough start to his 2012 campaign. ... Opposing batters are hitting .317 against him through three starts. ... Arlington might be a welcome place for the righty. The Rangers are scoreless in 15 1/3 innings against Hughes at home.
Hitters: The Rangers are batting an abysmal .133 against Hughes. Mike Napoli is 3-for-6 with a home run in his career. The rest of the Rangers' lineup is 3-for-39 against Hughes. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-14 with five strikeouts. ... Curtis Granderson has dominated Feldman, going 5-for-8 with three home runs and six RBIs. ... Eight of the Yankees' 24 hits against Feldman have been home runs.
Friday vs. Tampa Bay: LHP Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.66 ERA) vs. RHP James Shields (3-0, 2.76 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/TXA-21
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay: RHP Neftali Feliz (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Niemann (1-2, 4.11 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM*/FSSW
Sunday vs. Tampa Bay: RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 2.03 ERA) vs. LHP David Price (2-1, 4.20 ERA), 7:00 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM*/ESPN
*Radio broadcast will be on KSKY 660 AM if there is a time conflict with a Mavericks playoff game
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.