Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Henderson Alvarez
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Alvarez (7-10, 4.48 ERA): This will be Alvarez's 24th start of the season and second against the Rangers. ... Alvarez gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, including three home runs in a Rangers win on May 26 in Arlington. ... He's had an up and down season, but is coming off one of his betters starts of the season. ... Alvarez gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings with no walks and two strikeouts in a victory over the White Sox on Aug. 14. ... Alvarez has a better ERA (4.23) at home than on the road (4.77).
Hitters: Alvarez hasn't faced any Rangers in more than three at-bats, but the few that have hit against him have hit well. ... Mitch Moreland is 3-for-3 with a homer. ... Eight Rangers have gone up against Alvarez and all of them have at least one hit except Elvis Andrus (0-for-3) and Michael Young (0-for-3). ... Yunel Escobar is 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. ... Jeff Mathis is 4-for-5 with an RBI. ... Harrison has held Rajai Davis (3-for-12) and Edwin Encarnacion (0-for-5) to limited hits.
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