American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, July 5th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (50-32) at Chicago White Sox (44-37), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16)
Chicago - Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19)
(Sports Network) - Matt Harrison gets one more chance to state his case to be
the American League starter at next week's All-Star Game when the Texas
Rangers close out a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular
Harrison has been one of the best pitchers in the league this season, posting
an 11-3 mark to go along with a 3.16 ERA. It doesn't hurt that it will be his
manager, Ron Washington, making the decision, or that Tuesday would be his
regular turn in the rotation.
The 26-year-old left-hander won his third straight start and seventh
consecutive decision on Friday against Oakland, holding the A's to a pair of
runs and eight hits in eight innings.
He finished 5-0 for the month of June and is 7-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his past
"It's been a good month for me," Harrison said. "I've figured out a lot of
things and been able to execute a lot more lately and execute with guys on
base. Hopefully I can continue to do that in my next start and the second
Harrison tossed six scoreless innings to beat the White Sox the last time he
faced them and is 3-0 lifetime against them with a 2.91 ERA.
Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with an impressive left-hander of its own in
Jose Quintana, who is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA. Quintana picked up the win on
Friday against the New York Yankees, but wasn't particularly sharp, as he
surrendered six runs and eight hits in six innings.
"That's a good win, because it didn't start off the way I wanted," Quintana
said through translator and White Sox manager of cultural relations Jackson
Miranda. "The biggest thing is I battled, and once I saw the guys were hitting
balls and trying to get me support, that gave me more energy to go out there."
Quintana, who has never faced the Rangers, had allowed two runs or less in his
six previous starts, and had not allowed a run in either of his last two
assignments before the start in the Bronx.
Kevin Youkilis seems to like his new ballpark. After smacking his first homer
with his new club Tuesday, Youkilis provided the game-winning RBI single in
the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday, lifting the White Sox to a 5-4 win.
Alejandro De Aza grinded out an eight-pitch walk off of Mike Adams (1-3) to
start to 10th. De Aza fouled off a pitch off his knee during the at-bat and
stayed on the ground for several minutes.
"Once he fouled that ball off, it was like icing a kicker," Adams said. "It
kind of got me out of rhythm a little bit."
After De Aza stole second, he raced home when Youkilis ripped an 0-2 pitch for
a single to left.
Youkilis was mobbed by his teammates near the pitcher's mound while the rest
of the spectators at U.S. Cellular Field broke into chants of "Youk! Youk!
The 33-year-old was rather unimpressive during his first seven games -- all on
the road -- with Chicago since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox on June
He was just 6-for-26 (.231) on the road trip, but he's contributed plenty of
fireworks during his first homestand. Youkilis went 3-for-6 with four RBI and
three runs scored during Tuesday's 19-2 shellacking of Texas and followed that
with a 2-for-4 effort Wednesday.
"I had a little rut baseball-wise and statistically and a funk and hopefully
this will be a thing where I can keep going forward and playing better ball,"
Addison Reed (2-1) picked up the win following a 1-2-3 top of the 10th.
Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez added a pair of hits and a run scored for the
White Sox, who have won six of their last eight games.
Josh Hamilton belted his 26th homer of the season for Texas, which has dropped
three straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Texas took two of three from the White Sox earlier in the season.
07/05 10:37:35 ET