Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Alex Cobb
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this three-game set features LHP Matt Harrison for the Texas Rangers and RHP Alex Cobb for the Tampa Bay Rays. The finale of this 10-game homestand starts at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Here's a look at the matchup:
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Cobb (8-8, 4.32 ERA): The 24-year-old will make his 18th start of the season and his coming off the first shutout of his pro career, a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Oakland. ... He's the second-youngest pitcher this season to throw a shutout. ... He's gone seven or more innings in five of his last six starts and has allowed one run or less in four of his last four starts. ... He's won four consecutive decisions and is 4-0 in August. He would become the first pitcher in club history to win five games in August and just the third to ever win five games in a month. ... In his lone start against Texas, earned a no-decision and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits on May 31, 2011 in a 5-4 victory.
Hitters: Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler are the only Rangers to have hits -- all singles -- off Cobb, who has faced just six current Rangers. ... Evan Longoria has six hits (2 HRs) in 10 at-bats against Harrison with seven RBIs. ... B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings and Jeff Keppinger have between seven and 10 at-bats against Harrison and all are batting at least .375.
Thur: Off day
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