ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers head west for a quick three-game road trip against the San Diego Padres. Tonight’s opener matches LHP Matt Harrison, on a roll of late, opposed by RHP Jason Marquis. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A brief look at the matchup:
Harrison (8-3, 3.54): The 26-year-old has put together a string of five straight quality starts and the Rangers have won all five, with Harrison credited with the win in four. ... He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, a stretch of 16.1 scoreless innings. ... Over his last 38 innings, Harrison has held opponents to 30 hits and six earned runs. ... He’s 1-0 with a no-decision in two interleague starts. ... Harrison will be making his first career start against San Diego. ... He's tied for the major league lead in road wins with six and his .160 opponents batting average is third in the majors.
Marquis (3-5, 6.60): The well-traveled 33-year-old is making his third start since catching on with the Padres in late May. ... Marquis, who began the year with Minnesota, is coming off his strongest performance of the year, 6.1 innings of shutout ball against Seattle, allowing him to break a personal five-game losing streak. ... With Minnesota, Marquis was 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA. ... He’ll be facing the Rangers for the first time since 2007 when he was tagged for four earned runs in five innings of a loss while a member of the Chicago Cubs. ... As a 12-year-old, Marquis pitched his team to third place in the Little League World Series with a no-hitter.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 15-for-38 against Marquis. ... Adrian Beltre is 7-for-16 with two double and a homer. ... Michael Young is 3-for-6 and Yorvit Torrealba is 4-for-10. ... Josh Hamilton is hitless in three at-bats against Marquis. ... Only three current Padres have faced Harrison in a regular-season game, going a combined 3-for-19. ... Carlos Quentin has had the most success (2-for-12 with a double and a home run) and Jason Bartlett has the other hit.