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:
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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
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