Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Barry Zito

June, 8, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Texas Rangers open a three-game against the San Francisco Giants, the first regular-season meeting for the teams since the Giants beat the Rangers in the 2010 World Series. The opener features RHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Barry Zito at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TX21. A quick look at the matchup:

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Harrison (7-3, 4.37): The 26-year-old stopped the Rangers’ four-game losing streak the last time he took the mound, beating the Los Angeles Angels. … Has won three consecutive starts, posting a 2.49 ERA in those games. … Has a 2.85 ERA in six starts at night, compared with 6.52 in five day games. … Is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 10 career interleague starts. … Has no hits and one walk in 12 career plate appearances. … Has never faced the Giants.

Zito (5-2, 2.98): The 34-year-old is enjoying a career revival this season. … The 2002 AL Cy Young winner is a three-time All-Star. … Worked 8 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Chicago Cubs in his previous start. … Has made seven quality starts in 11 outings. … Began the season with his first shutout in nine years. … Originally drafted by the Rangers in 1998 but did not sign. … Owns 18-5 record and 3.72 ERA against Texas, with 30 starts against the Rangers while pitching for the A’s. … Faced the Rangers once since joining the Giants, beating them in 2009.

Hitters: Current Giants are 4-for-16 against Harrison. … Aubrey Huff is 2-for 6-with a homer. … Rangers hitters have a career .229 average against Zito. … Nelson Cruz is 3-for-9 with two homers … Ian Kinsler is 1-for-12.

Up Next:

Sat at SF: RHP Scott Feldman (0-4, 7.01) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 2.38), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Sun at SF: RHP Alexi Ogando (1-0, 2.27) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.83), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 68
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .877
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182