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Rangers name Matt Harrison opening day starter

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Matt Harrison will get the ball on opening day for Texas. (USATSI)

The Rangers have named Matt Harrison their opening day starter, the team announced. Right-hander Yu Darvish will start the second game of the season and the rest of the rotation is undecided.

Harrison, 27, will be the team's fifth different opening-day starter in the last five years, joining Kevin Millwood (2009), Scott Feldman (2010), C.J. Wilson (2011) and Colby Lewis (2012). He went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA last season, which earned him a five-year, $55 million contract extension this winter.

Darvish, 26, went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA last season, his first year in MLB after coming over from Japan. He went 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his final six starts of the season. The Rangers paid out more than $110 million between the posting fee and contract to acquire the right-hander last offseason.

Texas will open its season next Sunday against the new-to-the-AL Astros, who named Bud Norris their opening day starter on Wednesday.

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