Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners will battle it out in the rubber match of this three-game AL West showdown today. The matchup features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma at 3:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup.
Harrison (11-4, 3.10): The 26-year-old will be making his 18th start of the season in the series finale. ... It is his first start after the All-Star Game, in which he allowed three runs on four hits in the fourth inning. ... It was his first time to be selected for the All-Star Game. ... In the first half of the season, he shared the AL lead in wins with Tampa Bay's David Price. ... He was named June AL Pitcher of the Month. ... He has more success against the Mariners than any other opponent. with an 8-1 record with a 2.51 ERA in 15 career games -- 11 starts. ... He has won his last seven starts against the Mariners. ... He has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts.
Iwakuma (1-1, 4.84): The 31-year-old is making his 16th appearance of the season but just his second start. ... He made his first start of the season July 2 against the Baltimore Orioles, giving up three runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. ... He made one appearance, in relief, against the Rangers this season on May 30 in Arlington. He gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and no strikeouts in three innings. ... He has an ERA of 2.95 at home compared to a 7.71 mark on the road.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 5-for-13 (.385) against Iwakuma. ... Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler are each 1-for-1 with a double. ... Adrian Beltre has not recorded a hit in two career at-bats. ... Current Mariners are 32-for-166 (.193) lifetime against Harrison. ... Alex Liddi is 4-for-9 with three walks. ... Ichiro Suzuki is 10-for-38 (.263) with a double, triple and two RBIs. ... Dustin Ackley is hitless in 15 at-bats with three strikeouts.
Tue. at Oak.: RHP Roy Oswalt (2-1, 6.26) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (6-7, 3.80), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed. at Oak.: TBA vs. LHP Travis Blackley (2-2, 2.63), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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- There are no games scheduled for today.