American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 3rd
(All times eastern)
Boston Red Sox (20-8) at Texas Rangers (17-11), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Felix Doubront (3-0, 4.24)
Texas - Derek Holland (1-2, 3.38)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox became the first team to 20 wins on
Thursday. They will try to add to that number on Friday when they begin a
three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Boston won the rubber match of its set with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday,
as Ryan Dempster tossed six solid innings in a happy homecoming, and the Red
Sox kept up their early-season success with a 3-1 win.
Pitching in his native country for the first time in 10 years, the Canadian
Dempster (2-2) yielded just a run on four hits to help Boston take the rubber
match of this three-game series and improve its MLB-best record to 20-8 with
its seventh win in eight outings.
Dempster became the first Canadian-born Red Sox pitcher to start and win a
game in Canada since Rheal Cormier on Aug. 5, 1995.
"He didn't have his best stuff overall tonight, but he uses the whole count
when he needs to," said manager John Farrell. "He's got the knack to not let
the game speed up on him and try to reach back and just go with sheer
Mike Carp and Jacoby Ellsbury delivered RBI singles to back the Red Sox'
strong pitching effort, which included a combined three shutout frames from a
quartet of relievers. Joel Hanrahan finished out the victory with a scoreless
ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Hoping to keep the Red Sox in the win column on Friday will be lefty Felix
Doubront, who has won his last three starts and is 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA on the
season. Doubront defeated Houston on Saturday, limiting the Astros to three
runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Doubront, though, is 0-2 lifetime versus the Rangers with a 10.32 ERA in five
games (2 starts).
Texas, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Derek Holland, who is 1-2 with a
3.38 ERA. Holland lost to Minnesota on Saturday, as the Twins reached him for
four runs (3 earned) and five hits in seven innings.
Holland has faced the Red Sox five times and is 4-1 against them with a 3.00
Texas heads into this series stumbling a bit following a 3-1 loss to Chicago
on Thursday. Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who lost their
first series this season. Starter Justin Grimm (2-1) gave up three runs on six
hits while striking out nine and walking four over 6 2/3 innings.
The Rangers have dropped four of five overall, but still hold a 1 1/2-game
lead on the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
Texas captured six of its eight meetings with the Red Sox last season.
05/03 10:31:03 ET