Posted April 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Since opening two years ago, Target Field has been a house of misery for the Texas Rangers. While they appear to have the right man taking the mound to pick up a rare win there, their offense may be the bigger concern in Minnesota. Scheduled starter Matt Harrison tries to lead the Rangers to their second victory at Target Field in Friday night's series opener against the Twins, who are finally starting to hit. Despite winning a second straight AL pennant last season, Texas (5-2) went 3-5 against a Twins club that finished with the league's worst record. The Rangers are also 1-9 at Minnesota's new ballpark, having been outscored 60-34 there. Texas has struggled mightily in those games despite allowing little offensive production from Twins sluggers Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. They each have missed several recent home meetings with the Rangers and are a combined 5 for 29 (.172) with four RBIs in the series at Target Field. Texas, though, only has three homers in 343...
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