Orioles-Rangers Preview

Matt Harrison has won all three starts against the Baltimore

Orioles thanks in part to tremendous run support.

The Texas Rangers provided plenty of support in the opener of

this three-game set and will look for another offensive onslaught

Tuesday night at home.

Texas (45-41) gave former manager Buck Showalter a rude welcome

Monday with a 13-4 victory. Showalter returned to Arlington for the

first time since he went 319-329 in four seasons with the Rangers

from 2003-06.

The Rangers’ 18 hits were their most at home since they had 20

against Baltimore (36-46) in a 13-7 victory May 20, 2010. The

Orioles had won four straight at Texas since that defeat before


“We couldn’t quite keep up with them,” Orioles slugger Mark

Reynolds said. “We’ve got to match them hit for hit and run for

run, and we didn’t tonight. … It’s tough, but at the same time,

you’ve got to keep playing, no matter what the score is.”

Harrison (6-7, 3.30 ERA) is 3-0 despite a 5.21 ERA in three

starts against the Orioles. The Rangers have scored 34 runs in

those games.

Baltimore is 10-16 against left-handers. Harrison yielded five

runs over six innings in Thursday’s 7-0 loss at Houston.

He’s had success in limiting Nick Markakis to a single in nine

at-bats. Markakis went 0 for 4 on Monday after batting .439 over

his previous 21 games, also seeing his 11-game hitting streak in

Arlington come to an end.

Reynolds, however, continued his surge with two more homers.

He’s got five homers and nine RBIs over his last three games, also

going deep twice Saturday in Atlanta.

The third baseman has seven homers and 12 RBIs over his last

eight games. Seven of his last eight hits have gone over the


“I’ve been able to hit pitchers’ mistakes,” Reynolds


Texas’ attack, meanwhile, featured 10 extra-base hits as Michael

Young fell a homer shy of the cycle. Adrian Beltre homered and Endy

Chavez also went deep in his first four-RBI game in more than eight


“That’s nice when you put extra guys in and they can supply you

with some offense,” said manager Ron Washington about Chavez.

The Rangers are 3-1 against the Orioles. Beltre has homered in

all three victories, going 6 for 14 with six RBIs.

Monday’s contest marked Vladimir Guerrero’s first at Texas since

he led the Rangers with 115 RBIs last year. Guerrero was 0 for 1

with two walks and a hit by pitch, and is hitting .156 with no RBIs

over his last 13 games.

The Orioles got two innings Monday from Chris Jakubauskas,

marking the ninth time in 10 games a starter has failed to pitch at

least six. Baltimore starters have a 6.98 ERA in the last 20 games

and the team’s relievers have logged a MLB-high 287 1-3


It’s unlikely they will get a lengthy outing from Mitch Atkins

(NR), expected to get his first career start Tuesday. Atkins made

seven relief appearances and posted a 5.25 ERA over the previous

two seasons for the Chicago Cubs.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 14

combined starts this season at Single-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie

and Triple-A Norfolk.