The Rangers have their standard lineup vs. a right-handed pitcher, and many of them have had success against Jeremy Guthrie. Elvis Andrus is a .467 hitter in 15 at-bats against Guthrie, and Michael Young is a .393 hitter in 28 trips. Two of Josh Hamilton's six hits against Guthrie have been homers. Guthrie, though, allowed only three runs in six-plus innings Aug. 3 in a loss to the Rangers. Matt Harrison, tonight's starter, was the winning pitcher.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Josh Hamilton, cf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Nelson Cruz, rf; Michael Young, dh; David Murphy, lf; Geovany Soto, c; Mitch Moreland, 1b.
Royals lineup vs. LHP Matt Harrison: Lorenzo Cain, cf; Alcides Escobar, ss; Alex Gordon, lf; Billy Butler, 1b; Salvador Perez, c; Jeff Francoeur, rf; Mike Moustakas, 3b; Tony Abreu, dh; Johnny Giavotella, 2b.
-- Jeff Wilson