ALRINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison’s memorable week continued Monday when he was named the American League pitcher of the month for June.
Harrison, who found out Sunday that he was selected by manager Ron Washington to the All-Star team, was 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six June starts. He had 24 strikeouts and 10 walks and opponents hit just .224 against him. Harrison also pitched a complete-game shutout on the road against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed just three runs in his final five starts of the month.
The 26-year-old is headed to his first All-Star Game thanks a consistent first half. He’s tied for the league-lead with 11 wins and is top-10 in ERA at 3.16.
Harrison talked on Sunday about how much better a pitcher he is mentally and how he’s managed to focus on not allowing a bad inning or a bad start to linger. For a few seasons, Harrison couldn’t stay in the rotation more than a few months. But last year, he showed staying power and has continued that in 2012.
"It means a lot to go (to the All-Star Game) after all the stuff I've gone through the past couple of years," Harrison said. "But this organization stuck with me and gave me the opportunity and I’m thankful for that.”
Harrison’s next scheduled start is Thursday afternoon in Chicago against the White Sox.