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Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Mike Pelfrey

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers open this three-game series with the New York Mets tonight as LHP Matt Harrison takes the mound against RHP Mike Pelfrey. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (5-6, 3.16 ERA): His 3.16 ERA is tied for fourth-lowest among AL lefties. ...He's 2-2 with a 1.47 ERA over his last five starts to drop his ERA from 4.27. ...He is working on an extra day of rest thanks to Thursday's off day. When he gets that extra day or more, he is 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA in eight starts this season. ...He gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday. Texas won the game, 5-4, in 10 innings. ...This is his first career appearance against the Mets.

Pelfrey (4-5, 4.70 ERA): The 27-year-old, born at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, is coming off his best start of the season. Pelfrey, who is listed at 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, pitched a complete game against the Angels, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks. It was his first win since May 10 at Colorado. ...Pelfrey has just one walk in 27 innings in June, and that was in his first start of the month on June 2. ...Since pitching less than five innings on April 29, Pelfrey has pitched six innings in all but one of his last nine starts. ...Pelfrey has never pitched against the Rangers.

Hitters: Pelfrey has faced just two current Rangers hitters -- Yorvit Torrealba (1-for-6) and Andres Blanco (1-for-3). ...Likewise, Harrison has only pitched to two current Mets batters -- Jason Bay (1-for-3, 2B) and Ronny Paulino (1-for-1).

Upcoming matchups:

Saturday vs. NYM: RHP Alexi Ogando (7-2, 2.66 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.70 ERA), 3:10 p.m., Fox/103.3 FM ESPN

Sunday vs. NYM: LHP Derek Holland (6-2, 4.69 ERA) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (7-1, 3.21 ERA), 2:05 p.m., FSSW/103.3 FM ESPN