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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Kyle Lohse

By Richard Durrett



ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 3 of the World Series features the Rangers' LHP Matt Harrison and the Cardinals' RHP Kyle Lohse. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Fox and 103.3 FM ESPN. Dirk Nowitzki will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. A look at the matchups:

Harrison (1-0, 4.22 ERA in playoffs): Made two starts (appeared in relief in another one) and gave up five runs on nine hits with six walks and 12 strikeouts. ...Both starts came on the road and opponents are batting just .225 against him. ...His last appearance was Game 4 of the ALCS at Comerica Park as the Rangers beat the Tigers, 7-3. Harrison gave up two runs on three hits in five innings and got a no-decision as the Rangers won in the 11th inning. ...He's 15-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 51 career outings (33 starts) at home, including 8-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) in 2011. ...This is his first ever appearance against St. Louis and his first appearance in a World Series.

Lohse (0-2, 7.45 ERA in playoffs): He is 0-4 with a 5.09 ERA in eight career postseason appearances, including three career playoff starts. ...Opponents are batting .310 in the 2011 playoffs against Lohse. ...He led the Cardinals with 14 regular season wins and a career-best 3.39 ERA this season. ...His last appearance was a loss in Game 4 of the NLCS as he allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched against the Brewers. ...He also started and lost Game 1 of the NLDS to the Phillies on the road as Philadelphia scored six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. ...In 12 career games vs. Texas, Lohse is 3-3 with a 6.66 ERA (39 earned runs in 52 2/3 innings pitched).

Hitters: Only three active St. Louis hitters have faced Harrison: Gerald Laird (2-for-9, double), Lance Berkman (0-for-3) and Nick Punto (1-for-1). ...Four current Rangers have at least nine at-bats off Lohse: Michael Young (7-for-30), Endy Chavez (4-for-11), Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-11) and Adrian Beltre (1-for-9).