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Monday, May 28, 2012
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Kevin Millwood

By Calvin Watkins


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers start a three-game series versus the Seattle Mariners tonight at Rangers Ballpark. Former Ranger Kevin Millwood starts for the Mariners  against the Matt Harrison.

Harrison (5-3, 4.72): The left-hander has failed to find consistency the last six starts. He's got an ERA of 6.68 and a 2-3 mark in those games. In the first inning of games, opponents are hitting .306 off Harrison and he has an ERA of 7.00. Harrison said he has to get his sinker down in the strike zone at the start of games and challenge hitters to gain success. He's working on five days' rest due to last week's day off. Left-handed batters are hitting just .148 against Harrison.

Millwood (3-4, 3.72): He's 1-0 in two starts this season against the Rangers with a 0.75 ERA. The Mariners won both games. In his last start, May 23, Millwood shut out the Rangers over six innings, allowing three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The veteran right-hander has been a much better pitcher on the road, compiling a 1.78 ERA with a 2-2 mark. Opponents are hitting just .190 against home away from home.

Rangers vs. Millwood: Adrian Beltre .253, Josh Hamilton .400, Mike Napoli .375

Mariners vs. Harrison: Ichiro Suzuki .257, Dustin Ackley 0-15, Miguel Olivo 0-14.

Up next:
Tue. vs. Sea.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.66) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.39), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Wed. vs. Sea.: LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Thu.: Off day
Fri. at LAA: RHP Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.58) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.81), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/Ch. 21