Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Hiroki Kuroda
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are back at it for the second game of their four-game series tonight at 6:05 p.m. in the Bronx on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FSSW and MLB Network. The pitching matchup features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda. Here’s a look:
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Kuroda (10-8, 3.24 ERA): Kuroda, who has been extremely reliable in his first year in pinstripes, will make his 24th start of the season Tuesday night. ... He has only faced Texas only twice in his career, going 0-2 with a 4.50. ERA. Pitched 6.2 innings against the Rangers on April 24, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in a 2-0 loss. ... Since May 27, he has won seven of his last nine decisions while lowering his ERA from 4.56 to 3.24 during that span. ... In his first nine starts, he went 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA.
Hitters: There isn’t much of a sample size for the Rangers against Kuroda, though Ian Kinsler is 2-for-5 with a homer against the 37-year-old Japanese righty. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-9 vs. Kuroda, while Nelson Cruz and Michael Young are 1-for-6. ... Alex Rodriguez is New York’s best hitter against Harrison (.417, five RBIs), but he’s on the DL. ... Nick Swisher and Jayson Nix both own a .400 batting average vs. the lefty. ... Mark Teixeira has just one hit in 10 at-bats off Harrison, but Curtis Granderson (.333) has two homers in 12 at-bats. ... Ichiro Suzuki has the biggest sample size (10-for-41).
Wed. at NYY: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN
Thu. at NYY: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70), 12:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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- There are no games scheduled for today.