Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Samuel Deduno

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this four-game set between the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Samuel Deduno. The game is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA21. A look at the matchup:

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Rangers play-by-play voice Steve Busby compares Matt Harrison and Derek Holland, previews the weekend series against the Twins and more.

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Harrison (14-7, 3.19 ERA): The 26-year-old is hoping to notch a new career high in wins after matching his 2011 total (14) with his win last Sunday at Toronto. ... Harrison gave up two runs on two hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and one walk in an 11-2 Rangers win. ... The two hits allowed matched his career low for a start (April 9, 2011 at Baltimore). ... Harrison is 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA in his last six starts since a complete-game shutout on July 15, but his 3.19 ERA is still the ninth-lowest in the AL. ... Each of his last four starts and seven of the last eight have come on the road, and he hasn't started in Arlington since July 28. ... He is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA in eight career games (four starts) against the Twins.

Deduno (4-1, 3.33 ERA): He's made eight starts this season after coming up July 5. ... His last start was Aug. 19 in Safeco Field against Seattle, giving up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in six innings and got a loss despite the quality start. ... In fact, five of his last six outings have been quality starts. ... His first start of 2012 came against Texas on July 7, allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He got a no-decision in the Twins' loss.

Hitters: No Rangers hitter has more than three at-bats against Deduno, but Adrian Beltre is 2-for-3 with a homer. ... Nelson Cruz is 2-for-2 with an RBI. ... Denard Span (4-for-10, 2 2Bs) and Joe Mauer (3-for-11, HR, 3 BB) have hit Harrison well. ... Josh Willingham is 2-for-9 with five strikeouts.

Up next:
Sat vs. Minn: RHP Ryan Dempster (7-6, 2.99 NL&AL) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (3-8, 4.46), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun vs. Minn: RHP Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.77) vs. RHP Cole De Vries (2-5, 4.89), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Alex Rios
BA HR RBI R
.318 1 11 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
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ERAM. Perez 1.42
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