ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this quick two-game series features LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Brandon McCarthy. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A look at the matchup:
Harrison (4-3, 5.23 ERA): The 26-year-old will make his eighth start of the season after taking a 4-2 loss Saturday against the Angels. ... Harrison gave up four runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. ... Harrison got into trouble with two-out walks, both of which scored in the game. ... Harrison started the year 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA through three starts, but is 1-3 with an 8.86 ERA in his last four starts (with one quality start). ... He's 4-1 with a 4.10 ERA in nine games (six starts) in his career against Oakland, including 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA in the six starts. ... In two starts vs. Oakland in Arlington, Harrison is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA, including 7 2/3 shutout innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 10, 2011.
McCarthy (3-3, 2.56 ERA): This will be the ninth start for the former Ranger. ... He has won each of his last three starts and has a 1.31 ERA in that span. ... His 2.56 ERA is eighth in the AL. ... McCarthy hasn't allowed a home run in his last four starts. ... Opponents are batting .173 with runners in scoring position against McCarthy, fifth-lowest in the AL. ... He pitched seven shutout innings last Saturday against Detroit, with four hits allowed and 10 strikeouts. ... Is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA in nine career appearances vs. Texas. ... Was 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts last year.
Hitters: Elvis Andrus (3-for-13), Mike Napoli (2-for-11) and Nelson Cruz (1-for-11) have struggled against McCarthy. ... Adrian Beltre (10-for-26, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs), Michael Young (7-for-19) and Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-5) have hit him well. ... Coco Crisp (6-for-14) and Kurt Suzuki (6-for-14) have hit Harrison well. ... Scott Sizemore is just 1-for-9 off Harrison.