The Texas Rangers look to split a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Target Field (1:10 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM) as they wrap up the first of three straight road series. Matt Harrison is scheduled to start for the Rangers against the Twins’ Francisco Liriano.
Matt Harrison (5-5, 3.48 ERA): Harrison returned Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers after missing a start while suffering from a blister and a kidney stone. He lasted four innings allowing four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in an 8-1 loss to the Tigers. ...Harrison’s kidney stone still hasn’t passed, but he’s still scheduled make his 12th start. ...Harrison has faced the Twins five times and is 0-1, posting a 9.64 ERA with one save. His only start against the Twins came during his rookie season in 2008 at the Metrodome where he went five innings and gave up eight earned runs. ...Harrison is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three day games this season. In five road games, opposing batters are 23-107 (.215) against Harrison this season.
Francisco Liriano (3-6, 5.20 ERA): Liriano returned Tuesday from the disabled list (left shoulder) and lasted five innings in a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He allowed only three hits and struck out seven. ...Liriano last started against the Rangers Aug. 26 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He gave up two earned runs in seven innings, allowing five hits while fanning six in a 6-4 win. ...Liriano’s 201 strikeouts last season were fifth-best in the American League, but the only top-5 statistic he’s posting this season are his 35 walks -- third most in the AL. ...Liriano did pitch the first no-hitter of the season May 3 against the Chicago White Sox.
Hitters: Five Twins batters who have faced Harrison are a combined 5-for-10 with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Justin Morneau is 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a walk. Delmon Young has two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs against Harrison. ...The Rangers are 17-for-59 (.288) with a .353 on-base percentage against Liriano. Adrian Beltre has the most hits on Liriano, going 6-for-22 with a home run, two RBIs and three walks. Elvis Andrus is 0-for-6 against Liriano with a strikeout.