Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Dan Haren
The Texas Rangers wrap up their eight-game road trip with the final game of this three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The third game of the Rangers' series with their AL West rivals features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Dan Haren. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN. A quick look at the matchup:
Harrison (12-4, 2.87): The 26-year-old is tied with Gio Gonzalez for second in the majors in wins (12) behind David Price and R.A. Dickey. ... He has won four of his last five starts dating back to June 18. ... His team-best 2.87 ERA is also the seventh-best in the AL (17th in MLB). ... He has allowed 119 hits on the season, which is the most on the Rangers pitching staff and tenth-most in the AL. ... He is 3-3 in six career starts and ten appearances against the Angels, posting a 4.69 ERA in 42 2/3 innings with four quality starts. ... This season, he is 1-1 against the Angels with a 4.97 ERA, allowing eight hits, seven earned runs, five walks and eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. ... He is 1-0 in Angels Stadium this year, posting a 4.05 ERA in a quality start in 6 2/3 innings.
Haren (6-8, 4.86): The 31-year-old is making his first start since being placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... He has allowed the most hits (122) and thrown the second-most strikeouts (86) on the Angels' pitching staff. ... He has won three of his last five starts dating back to June 9. ... He is 2-5 at home, but has posted his best ERA in Aneheim at 4.53 in 55 2/3 innings pitched. ... He has lost his last five starts against the Rangers with his last win Oct. 3, 2010. ... He threw a complete game against the Rangers on July 31, 2010, taking credit for a 2-1 loss. ... This season he is 0-1 against Texas, posting a 3.60 ERA in his June 3 start and allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts in five innings.
Hitters: Harrison has allowed a .195 batting average against the Angels in his career. ... Alberto Callaspo is batting .174 (4-for-23) with a walk and a strikeout. ... Erick Aybar is 2-for-16 with two doubles and three walks. ... Mark Trumbo is 2-for-8 with a double, a home run, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-5 with a walk. ... Rangers hitters are batting .331 all-time against Haren. ... Michael Young is batting .327 (18-for-55) with three doubles, a home run, two walks and nine strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .436 (24-for-55) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs, seven walks and ten strikeouts. ... Ian Kinsler is batting .242 (8-for-33) with three doubles, three walks and six strikeouts. ... Elvis Andrus is 9-for-24 with two doubles and three strikeouts. ... David Murphy is 9-for-22 with a double, two home runs, a walk and three strikeouts. ... Josh Hamilton is 6-for-18 with a double, a home run, a walk and three strikeouts.
Up Next: The Rangers return to Texas for a ten-game homestand that begins with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Here are the probable starters for that series:
Mon vs. BOS: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (10-4, 4.24), 7:00 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN.
Tue vs. BOS: RHP Colby Lewis (6-6, 3.43) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.19), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/MLBN.
Wed vs. BOS: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (5-7, 4.44), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
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