Sunday, April 21, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Aaron Harang
By Todd Wills
The Rangers send a rookie to the mound for the second consecutive game Sunday afternoon when right-hander Justin Grimm faces Seattle right-hander Aaron Harang. Game time is 2:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
Grimm (0-0, 4.50): Grimm can entrench himself in the Rangers' rotation with a strong outing as the Rangers face three months without injured left-hander Matt Harrison ... He makes his fourth career start and his second this season ... Grimm lasted four innings in his debut this season, pitching four innings and allowing two runs in the Rangers' 4-3 victory last Thursday ... Grimm threw 92 pitches, 50 of them for strikes ... He allowed five hits and three strikeouts and gave up a home run to Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez ... Grimm was a fifth-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2010.
Harang (0-1, 5.40): Harang makes his second start for the Mariners since being acquired by Seattle in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on April 11 ... He suffered a loss in his Seattle debut, allowing three runs in five innings ... Harang had six strikeouts and no walks ... Harang spent the 2012 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a 10-10 record and a 3.61 ERA for 31 starts ... He allowed a .202 batting average with runners in scoring position ... Harang is an even 105-105 in 300 games ... He is 1-0 with a 9.35 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers ... He last pitched against Texas on June 16, 2007 ... Harang has been hit hard at Rangers Ballpark with a 0-0 record and a 12.34 ERA for three career starts in Arlington ... He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 1999 June entry draft.
Hitters: Michael Morse was 2 for 2 against Grimm in last Thursday's game. Lance Berkman (15-for-58, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs) has the most history against Harang, who has spent most of his career in the National League.