Rangers name Matt Harrison opening day starter

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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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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