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Saturday, July 3, 2010
Mound Matchup: Danks vs. Hunter

By Tim MacMahon

ARLINGTON, Texas – Saturday’s pitching matchup provides evidence that the Rangers no longer have problems developing pitchers.

The starters for the White Sox and Rangers are both successful products of the Rangers’ farm system.

LHP John Danks (7-6, 3.62 ERA): The Danks-for-Brandon McCarthy deal just keeps looking worse for Jon Daniels every year, huh? The lefty former Rangers first-round pick has established himself as a legitimate middle to top-of-the-rotation starter over the last three years. However, he’s coming off a rough start. Danks allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings during a loss to the Chicago Cubs. It was only the third time this season that he gave up more than three runs. Danks hasn’t been dominant on the road this season (3-2, 4.50 ERA).

RHP Tommy Hunter (4-0, 2.15 ERA): The rotund righty has had four quality starts in five appearances since being called up from Triple-A. The exception came when he had to leave a start early due to a minor hip injury. Hunter, who got an extra day of rest, has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a major league start this season. He has excelled at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, going 10-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his last 10 home starts.

Hitters: Alex Rios is the only member of the White Sox who has faced Hunter. He is 1-for-2 with an RBI single against Hunter. … Vladimir Guerrero has only four hits in 18 at-bats against Danks, but two of those were home runs. … Elvis Andrus is 3-for-3 with a walk against Danks. … Michael Young hasn’t had much success against the lefty: 2-for-10 with five strikeouts.