© 2010 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

04/28/10 12:56 AM ET

Harden, Peavy face off looking for first wins

A pair of "wild cards" did the job for Texas on Tuesday night.

Now, both the Rangers and the White Sox look for good things from a couple of guys envisioned as aces in their decks.

Texas' Rich Harden and Chicago's Jake Peavy, both thus far winless and short-winded, match pitching slumps in the middle game of the series.

The Rangers' 4-2 win in the opener came on a unique double play for club decision-makers. Matt Treanor had the big hits shortly after Texas had demoted two other catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden.

And the pitching star was C.J. Wilson, the former reliever who was given a new role and has run with it.

Harden can take steps to confirm that signing him as a free agent was also a good decision. That he does not yet have a win should not be surprising: In three of his four starts, he hasn't even pitched long enough (five innings) to qualify for a decision.

Harden is still looking for an easier outing. He would settle for some stress-free innings. His average number of pitches per inning -- nearly 22 -- would be the most in the Majors, if he'd worked enough total innings to qualify for the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Peavy has alternated good outings with bad ones through four starts. Good news, Sox fans: It is good's turn again.

White Sox
Bullpen coach Juan Nieves is filling in as pitching coach in this series, with Don Cooper having taken a leave of absence to deal with a personal matter at his Nashville home. ... Carlos Quentin was mired in a 1-for-34 slump before an infield single in the fifth on Tuesday.

That empty jersey you'll see hanging in the Rangers' dugout on Wednesday belongs to Jackie Moore. It's the team's poignant salute to the bench coach who has left them to cope with the Sunday death of his 52-year-old daughter. ... The night after collecting his first Major League hit, Justin Smoak bagged his first RBI on Tuesday, a sacrifice fly in the sixth. ... Right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with the third stress fracture in four years of his right scapula; McCarthy is on the roster at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Worth noting
Alexei Ramirez's fifth-inning single delivered the first run off Wilson at Rangers Ballpark since July 21. Remember, the lefty worked in relief last season. The streak had encompassed 25 2/3 innings.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.