BOSTON -- The final game of this three-game set between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox features LHP Matt Harrison and RHP John Lackey. The game ias at 12:35 on FSSW and TBS and 103.3 FM ESPN. Here's a quick look at the matchup:
Harrison (10-9, 3.54 ERA): He was skipped last week to give him additional rset, meaning he'll be working on 10 days of rest since his last start on Aug. 24 against the Red Sox. He did have a 2-inning relief appearance on Wednesday against Tampa Bay and retired all six batters he faced. ...Harrison matched a career-high 11 hits allowed and gave up seven runs in 5 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. ...Boston went 11-for-23 against Harrison, including 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. ...Left-handed batters were 6-for-10 with four RBIs that night. ...Harrison has a 5.15 ERA over his last eight games starting July 23. ...He is 2-1 with a 7.13 ERA in six career games vs. Boston, including a 2-1 mark and a 7.36 ERA in four starts. ...He's 4-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 12 road starts, including quality starts in 7 of 12.
Lackey (12-10, 5.94 ERA): He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits with 4 walks and a hit batter in a 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Aug. 30. ...The Red Sox offense didn't help him, stranding 16 batters in the game. ...Lackey's last game against the Rangers was Aug. 23 in Arlington. He got the win, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing 4 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks. ...His start early in the year was not as good, giving up 10 hits and 9 runs in 3 2/3 innings on April 2 in Arlington against the Rangers. ...Lackey is 12-13 with a 6.04 ERA all-time versus the Rangers.
Hitters: Michael Young is 32-for-91 (.352) with 2 HRs and 16 RBIs off Lackey. Ian Kinsler (13-for-29), Josh Hamilton (12-for-25) and Endy Chavez (6-for-11) have also had success against him. ...Adrian Beltre is just 10-for-53 (.189) and Mike Napoli is 1-for-8 against Lackey. ...David Ortiz (5-for-10) and Carl Crawford (3-for-8) have hit Harrison well. ...Adrian Gonzalez is 1-for-5 off him.