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Matt Harrison, Rangers Take On Rick Porcello And The Tigers

A night after the Detroit Tigers offense pounded Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison will take the mound looking to cool down Detroit's bats as the Rangers look to start a new winning streak.

Harrison will take the mound on Tuesday night - despite having his own painful injury to overcome. Harrison has yet to pass a kidney stone, but plans on pitching on Tuesday regardless. 

Harrison has pitched well in his last three starts, dating back to May 17 against the Chicago White Sox. Harrison allowed three runs in seven innings against the White Sox, and since that start, Harrison hasn't allowed a run - a streak spanning 14.1 innings and two starts. The scoreless streak has brought Harrison's ERA down a very respectable 3.26 on the season. Harrison is also the owner of a 1.25 WHIP and .229 batting average against. 

There's still plenty of room for improvement, though, as Harrison has struck out only 34 in 60.2 innings. Further, Harrison has walked 27 on the year as well, giving him a poor SO/BB ratio. 

Texas' offense, which was led by Nelson Cruz on Monday night, will face off against Rick Porcello of the Tigers. On the season, Porcello is 5-3 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and .263 batting average against. Like Harrison, Porcello allows a lot of balls in play, as he's struck out only 36 in 59.1 innings. 

Porcello is also 0-1 in his career against the Rangers, giving up six runs on 10 hits in just four innings last year against Texas.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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