Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Lucas Harrell
|A.J. Pierzynski joins Galloway & Company to discuss the start of the Rangers' season, what he saw from Yu Darvish last year and much more.
Harrell (11-11, 3.76 ERA in 2012): Harrell starts the Astros' second game for the second consecutive year. ... He led the Astros in wins (11), innings pitched (193 2/3) and starts (32) in 2012. ... He went five or more innings in all but one of his starts. ... He was second in the majors among rookies in innings pitched (Darvish was fourth). ... Harrell pitched well at Minute Maid Park with a 2.34 ERA, fifth best in the National League. ... He's perfect for Minute Maid because he gets ground ball outs. ... Harrell had a 2.44 ground ball/fly ball ratio last season, which ranked third in the majors. ... Harrell had a strong outing in his final spring start, allowing an earned run and four hits in six innings.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (5-for-7, 4 RBIs), Nelson Cruz (2-for-6, HR, 3 RBIs) and David Murphy (2-for-6, HR, 3 RBIs) all have had success against Harrell. ... Justin Maxwell (1-for-3, HR) is the only returning Astros' player who had a hit against Darvish last season.
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