|TEXAS ( ROSS )|
BOSTON ( PEAVY )
|967||TEXAS||+140||Ov 9,+100||+125||Ov 8.5,-110|
|968||BOSTON||-150||Un 9,-120||-135||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+1||1-4||2.4||0.244||0.303||3.6||0.286||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||3.7||0.265||0.317||4.3||0.297||0.359|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||-0.2||1-1||5.5||0.378||0.418||6.5||0.310||0.364|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||2-5||4.3||0.293||0.343||4.7||0.289||0.330|
|4/4/2014||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||1-8||L||140||8.5 un||O||6||7||4||11||12||0|
|4/5/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||165||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||7||5||0|
|4/6/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-0||W||-110||7 un||U||7||5||0||8||10||1|
|4/7/2014||SCHEPPERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-5||L||140||9 ov||U||8||7||2||14||11||1|
|4/8/2014||PEREZ(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||10-7||W||110||9.5 un||O||13||7||0||14||6||0|
|4/9/2014||ROSS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|3/31/2014||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-2||L||-115||8.5 un||U||9||12||0||6||3||0|
|4/2/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||6-2||W||-115||8.5 un||U||10||7||1||6||6||1|
|4/3/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||4-3||W||100||9 un||U||14||9||0||9||7||0|
|4/10/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/12/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Texas (3-4) at Boston (3-4), 4:05 p.m. EDT
A little bit of tightening defensively and a lot of timely hitting got the Texas Rangers back on track. Now they seek a second straight win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday while trying to split their six-game road swing.
Texas (4-4) opened the series with a sloppy 5-1 loss Monday night, with Prince Fielder's error contributing to a three-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach. The Rangers also went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners while Fielder went 0 for 4.
Tuesday night was a different story, though, as the Rangers turned five double plays in the first six innings to help Martin Perez in their 10-7 win. Texas went 6 for 14 with runners in scoring position while banging out six doubles and one homer among their 13 hits.
The double play is "a pitcher's best friend," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They got on base, but he was able to eliminate them."
Fielder went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs to snap an 0-for-12 funk, but the slugger is still seeking his first homer since joining the Rangers. He's had some success against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, going 10 for 36 with four doubles while also striking out 10 times.
Fielder is batting .348 lifetime (23 for 66) at Fenway Park with eight doubles and five homers. He will not have Adrian Beltre protecting him in this game after the designated hitter left Tuesday's win in the sixth inning with pain in his left thigh - an injury that bothered him in spring training - and is scheduled to return to Texas ahead of the team's 10-game homestand that starts Friday.
"We just have to wait and see what Dr. Meister says," Washington told the team's official website. "We'd rather get him there sooner than later."
Peavy is hoping for a better fate after a solid season debut. The right-hander allowed a second-inning solo homer and one other run as part of a six-inning outing Friday against Milwaukee and left without a decision in Boston's 6-2 loss.
"I'm excited to pitch and build off some of the positives of the first start," Peavy told MLB.com. "Obviously you go out to give our team a chance to win. I think we all know I expect more out of myself and want to pitch deeper in the ball game. I want to give up less than two runs. That's just the way it is."
Peavy, though, has struggled against Texas, going 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts. He last faced the Rangers in 2012 while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
Shin-Soo Choo has given Peavy fits, going 9 for 21 with two homers, and Mitch Moreland is 3 for 6 with two homers.
The Red Sox (3-5) will try to regroup against Robbie Ross, who had a solid first major league start last Wednesday after spending the first two years of his career as a reliever. The Rangers bailed out the left-hander with a three-run ninth-inning rally to defeat Philadelphia after he yielded three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in five innings.
Mike Napoli and Grady Sizemore - Boston's 4-5 hitters - have combined to go 11 for 18 in this series but have totaled two runs.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:26:27 AM EST|