|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|971||BOSTON||+140||Ov 8.5,-110||+135||Ov 8.5,+105|
|972||TEXAS||-150||Un 8.5,-110||-145||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-13||-7||7-15||3.6||0.240||0.314||4.2||0.266||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||1-5||4.1||0.251||0.365||3.0||0.192||0.281|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-11||-1.6||9-11||3.2||0.245||0.317||4.7||0.267||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-3||4.6||0.261||0.346||5.6||0.340||0.384|
|4/25/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||8-1||W||100||9.5 un||U||16||12||0||6||6||1|
|4/26/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||7-6||W||100||9 un||O||5||4||0||13||11||0|
|4/27/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||1-7||L||-110||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||9||2||0|
|4/29/2014||LACKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||7-4||W||-165||8.5 un||O||13||10||1||8||6||0|
|5/1/2014||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)||1-2||L||-155||9 ev||U||6||11||0||4||6||1|
|5/1/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-6||L||-110||9 ov||O||6||10||1||10||5||0|
|5/9/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|5/11/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(L)|| |
|5/13/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/14/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/25/2014||ROSS(L)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||5-6||L||-110||7 ev||O||8||7||1||10||7||0|
|4/26/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||160||7 un||O||11||8||1||6||8||0|
|4/27/2014||HARRISON(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||5-6||L||-110||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||7||6||1|
|5/2/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||5-2||W||120||9 un||U||9||6||0||8||9||0|
|5/3/2014||HARRISON(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-5||L||125||8 ov||P||10||8||1||14||13||1|
|5/4/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||14-3||W||-110||7.5 un||O||14||11||0||9||7||1|
|5/5/2014||PEREZ(L)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||2-8||L||100||10.5 ov||U||9||6||1||13||8||2|
|5/6/2014||ROSS(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||1-12||L||110||10.5 un||O||8||11||1||21||10||0|
|5/7/2014||LEWIS(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-9||L||-125||9.5 un||O||5||6||2||16||8||0|
|5/12/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|5/13/2014||HARRISON(L)||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|5/14/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|5/16/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Rangers Preview* =========================
By JOHN KOSIK STATS Editor
Boston (17-17) at Texas (17-17), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Yu Darvish hadn't been getting much run support before the Texas Rangers had one of their biggest offensive outbursts of the season in his last outing.
After watching his team drop three of four against Colorado because of lousy starting pitching, Darvish will try to give the Rangers a second straight strong start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Texas (18-17) struggled while losing the first three of a home-and-home set against Colorado - two in Denver and the third at home. Martin Perez, Robbie Ross and Colby Lewis started those games and allowed a combined 18 runs and 31 hits over 14 innings. The Rangers also slumped at the plate, stranding 23 runners and scoring just five times.
Matt Harrison and four relievers combined on a five-hitter to end the pitching woes Thursday in a 5-0 victory over the Rockies. Prince Fielder homered for Texas, which won for only the third time in 11 games.
The Rangers have provided Darvish (2-1, 2.87 ERA) with just 3.35 runs per nine innings this season, but they broke out Sunday with 14 hits and nine walks to score a season high in a 14-3 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
"When you have your ace out there, you want to support him and get him some runs so he can have a breather," Adrian Beltre said. "Today we did that, and hopefully we can do it more often because he always gives us a good chance to win ballgames."
Darvish went 6 1-3 innings and allowed three runs with nine strikeouts to earn his first victory since the season opener.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox, who hit him hard in Boston on Aug. 6, 2012, but had trouble catching up to him in Arlington last May 5. Darvish struck out 14 over seven innings in the Rangers' 4-3 win.
The Red Sox (17-17) took two of three against Oakland and swept a two-game set against Cincinnati on their recent homestand and can move above .500 for the first time since winning two of three against Baltimore to open the season.
Boston, beginning a six-game trip that also takes it to Minnesota, had failed to even its record in eight previous chances before rallying for two runs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Reds on Wednesday.
"I don't think it was a mental hurdle," manager John Farrell said. "I never heard too many of us mention that we're bumping up against .500 and taking a step back. It was just more of a situation inside games where we had opportunities that we haven't cashed in on, finally we do tonight."
Opposing Darvish will be Clay Buchholz (2-2, 5.63), who has picked up both his victories in his previous two starts.
The right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits over 13 1-3 innings in those outings to bounce back from his worst of 2014, when he was tagged for six runs in 2 1-3 innings of a 7-6 loss to the Orioles on April 21.
Buchholz is 1-3 with a 3.30 ERA over five career starts against the Rangers, though his most recent outing was his best. He did not factor in the decision but held Texas to a run and four hits over seven innings in a 2-1 victory in Arlington on July 24, 2012.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:16:54 AM EST|