Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Samuel Deduno
|Rangers play-by-play voice Steve Busby compares Matt Harrison and Derek Holland, previews the weekend series against the Twins and more. |
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.
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
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