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Rangers will start Harrison in Game 3, Holland in Game 4

Oct 20, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit Reuters

UPDATE: It’s official now. Harrison in Game 3 and Holland in Game 4.

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No official announcement has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are expected to start left-hander Matt Harrison in Game 3 of the World Series.

That means fellow southpaw Derek Holland would be in line to start Game 4 and no further games in the series after being the Game 2 starter in both the ALDS and ALCS.

Holland pitched well in his first start of the postseason and also tossed a scoreless inning in relief three days after that, but lasted just 2.2 and 4.2 innings in his two ALCS starts while allowing seven runs.

Harrison lasted just five innings in both of his playoff starts, but struck out a career-high nine batters versus Tampa Bay and then held Detroit to two runs.

  1. miketreedy - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Good news. Harrison has been the better pitcher down the stretch and in the post season.

    Now, if only they would move Young out of the cleanup spot and promise not to use German again (except as a potential pinch runner).

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