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Big-Time Matchup on the Mound Tonight

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    NEWSLETTERS

    After last night's embarrassment at the hands of the division foe Angels, the Texas Rangers will host one more game tonight against Los Angeles as the teams are once again tied for the AL West lead.

    And it's probably safe to assume that neither team will put up 15 runs like the Angels did on Tuesday night, or even seven runs like the Rangers did on Monday night.

    That's because the Angels are sending Jered Weaver (4-0) to the bump with his league-leading 31 strikeouts (he led the league last year with 233) and 1.30 ERA. The Rangers will counter with the surprising Matt Harrison and his 1.23 ERA, who's looking to improve to 4-0.

    Though the Rangers faced CC Sabathia last week and hit him well, Weaver is probably the hottest, best at the time, pitcher they've faced this season, and with the Rangers' up-and-down offense as of late, that could be an issue.

    Of course, the Angels' offense has been even more inconsistent than the Rangers'.

    If Harrison can go out and compete toe-to-toe with a guy like Weaver and put in another solid 7 innings or so it'll be safe to say that Harrison has arrived onto the scene.

    He had a good result in Yankee Stadium last week, but was the beneficiary of six double plays. That won't happen every day.

    Tonight is Harrison's chance to prove himself and assume the role of the Rangers' No. 2 spot in the rotation with Colby Lewis' struggles.

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