W2W4: Rangers at Chicago White Sox

July, 3, 2012
7/03/12
10:00
AM CT
The Rangers begin a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox tonight. It's their last road series before the All-Star break. A few things to watch:

* Matt Harrison. He was named to the All-Star team on Sunday and earned AL pitcher of the month honors for June. He starts Thursday in Chicago as he tries to stay on a roll. Can he get himself into the conversation to actually start the All-Star Game if he has another tremendous start?

* Josh Hamilton. The AL player of the month in April and May slowed down in June, hitting just .223. But he seems to be seeing the ball better recently and has five hits in his last four games, including a homer and six RBIs. Will July be a better month?

* Adrian Beltre. No one on the Rangers hit better than Beltre in June -- a blistering .343. He's hit .341 against the White Sox the past three seasons, including a .361 mark at U.S. Cellular Field.

* Joe Nathan. He's an All-Star once again and has been extremely reliable in the closer's role. The starting pitching -- not to mention the relief pairing of Michael Kirkman and Mark Lowe -- saved the bullpen some last week and Nathan should be rested and ready for this last stretch before the All-Star break.

* Paul Konerko. He remains a big threat in the White Sox lineup, hitting .335 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs. Konerko was 5-for-12 with three RBIs in the first series between these teams in Arlington to start the season.

* A.J. Pierznyski wasn't happy about being left off the All-Star team. He gets a chance to show the manager of the AL team what he's going to be missing in this series. Pierzynski was just 1-for-8 in that opening series.

* The Rangers face an All-Star tonight in Chris Sale, who is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Jon Daniels

Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Jim Bowden

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.

Galloway & Company: Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ron Washington

Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Fire Wash?

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Pedro Figueroa
WINS ERA SO IP
2 4.50 2 8
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Andrus .302
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 9
OPSS. Choo .830
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23