Friday, June 8, 2012
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Barry Zito
By Jeff Fletcher
SAN FRANCISCO — The Texas Rangers open a three-game against the San Francisco Giants, the first regular-season meeting for the teams since the Giants beat the Rangers in the 2010 World Series. The opener features RHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Barry Zito at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TX21. A quick look at the matchup:
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Harrison (7-3, 4.37): The 26-year-old stopped the Rangers’ four-game losing streak the last time he took the mound, beating the Los Angeles Angels. … Has won three consecutive starts, posting a 2.49 ERA in those games. … Has a 2.85 ERA in six starts at night, compared with 6.52 in five day games. … Is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 10 career interleague starts. … Has no hits and one walk in 12 career plate appearances. … Has never faced the Giants.
Zito (5-2, 2.98): The 34-year-old is enjoying a career revival this season. … The 2002 AL Cy Young winner is a three-time All-Star. … Worked 8 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Chicago Cubs in his previous start. … Has made seven quality starts in 11 outings. … Began the season with his first shutout in nine years. … Originally drafted by the Rangers in 1998 but did not sign. … Owns 18-5 record and 3.72 ERA against Texas, with 30 starts against the Rangers while pitching for the A’s. … Faced the Rangers once since joining the Giants, beating them in 2009.
Hitters: Current Giants are 4-for-16 against Harrison. … Aubrey Huff is 2-for 6-with a homer. … Rangers hitters have a career .229 average against Zito. … Nelson Cruz is 3-for-9 with two homers … Ian Kinsler is 1-for-12.