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Friday, August 24th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (51-73) at Texas Rangers (73-51), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (4-1, 3.33)
Texas - Matt Harrison (14-7, 3.19)
(Sports Network) - Matt Harrison takes aim at a career-high 15th victory of
the season on Friday night when the Texas Rangers continue a four-game set
with the Minnesota Twins that got a bit heated in the opener.
Harrison matched his win career-high win total from a season ago by beating
the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, moving to 14-7 with a 3.19 earned run average
in 24 starts.
Making his fourth straight road start and seventh in eight outings, Harrison
held the Jays to a pair of runs on a season-low two hits and a walk in eight
innings. The lefty also struck out seven in the 11-2 win.
"He worked fast, he got quick outs, he pounded the strike zone, he used all
his pitches," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Harrison's outing.
Harrison, 4-3 with a 3.43 ERA in nine home starts this season, beat the Twins
in his previous encounter with them this season. The 26-year-old was charged
with a run over eight innings, moving to 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA in eight lifetime
meetings, including four starts.
Texas took Thursday's opener by a 10-6 score, but Minnesota manager Ron
Gardenhire didn't last long in the setback.
After Twins catcher Joe Mauer was hit in the back by Rangers starter Roy
Oswalt on a 3-0 count in the top of third, Minnesota starter Scott Diamond
threw over the head of Texas' Josh Hamilton after retiring Elvis Andrus on a
grounder to begin the bottom of the frame.
Diamond was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Wally Bell and Gardenhire
was ejected shortly after when he came out to argue.
"I'm not going to get into that," Gardenhire told Minnesota's website
following the game. "I'm not going to get into that at all. You saw it. I
don't have to talk about that. If you think that's the right way to handle
that situation, then we differ in opinion. I've never seen it happen that way
before, so that's just the way it went."
Hamilton ended with five runs batted in and Mitch Moreland hit a tie-breaking
RBI double as part of a six-run eighth inning for the Rangers, who have won
five of six and lead the Oakland Athletics by six games for first place in the
Adrian Beltre, who hit three homers in Wednesday's victory over the Baltimore
Orioles, went deep again Thursday on Thursday. He also doubled with one out in
the eighth to help get manager Ron Washington get his 500th win as the club's
"I'm still absorbing it," said Washington. "I didn't get there alone. I just
hope I can be here and win 500 more."
Texas' Michael Young left the opener in the bottom of the first inning to be
with his wife, who delivered the couple's third child after he came to the
Minnesota, which has lost three straight and eight of nine, go with Samuel
The 29-year-old righty won his first four decisions over seven starts this
season after debuting with the club in early July, but suffered the first loss
of his career on Sunday at the Seattle Mariners. He limited the damage to two
runs over six innings despite five hits and six walks, but took a 5-1 setback.
Deduno has walked 36 batters over 46 innings, going 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA in
He faced the Rangers for the first time on July 7 in his Twins debut, giving
up three runs over 5 1/3 frames of a no-decision in his first career start.
The Rangers have won six of seven against the Twins this season, including
three of four in Texas.
08/24 10:50:11 ET