06/10/10 5:01 PM ET
Brewers welcome Rangers to their home
By Samuel Zuba / MLB.com
When these two teams square off, there will be quite a few unfamiliar faces. This will be the Rangers' first trip to Miller Park since it opened in 2001. The only other teams in Major League Baseball that have not visited Miller Park are the A's and the Rays.
Looking at the matchup, Brewers manager Ken Macha saw few familiarities between the two teams.
"I looked at the guys we are going to face, and we have a very low number of at-bats," Macha said. "Then our pitchers, who are going against their hitters, it's like blank sheets."
The Brewers should recognize one face in the Rangers' lineup -- starting pitcher Rich Harden, who played for the Brewers' divisional foe, the Cubs, for two seasons.
In his first trip back to Miller Park since joining the Rangers, Harden will take the mound for Game 1. In five starts against the Brewers, Harden is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA.
Another face all-too familiar to everyone is that of Vladimir Guerrero, but running into him in their own house should be a source of some comfort to the Brewers. The Texas home-wrecker is hitting more than a hundred points lower on the road than in Rangers Ballpark, with only three of his 13 homers and 19 of his 53 RBIs.Guerrero went 7-for-18 in the four-game series against the Mariners and is a big reason why the Rangers have been taking big bites out of Seattle all season. Texas has taken eight of 10 meetings with the M's, outscoring them 62-22 in the process.
None of the Brewers' starters -- Chris Narveson on Friday, Manny Parra on Saturday and Yovani Gallardo on Sunday -- have ever faced the Rangers.
Brewers: Narveson looks to rebound from shaky start
Narveson has allowed at least four earned runs in four of his past five starts. In his last start against the Cardinals, he allowed four earned runs in the first inning. Albert Pujols capped off the scoring with a two-run home run on an 0-2 pitch as the Brewers lost in 11 innings. Narveson has never faced the Rangers before.
Rangers: Harden looks to avoid back-to-back losses
In his second loss of the season to the Rays, Harden gave up four runs on four hits in five innings. The Rangers put up four runs for their starting pitcher, but it wasn't enough to get the victory. In two career starts at Miller Park, Harden is 1-0 with a 1.30 ERA.
Opponents hitting in the No. 9 hole are hitting .476 (10-for-21) against Harden this season. ... David Riske pitched for the Brewers on Wednesday after missing 14 months since his Tommy John surgery. ... Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was the GM for the Rangers from 1996-2001.
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