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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Texas Rangers (3-4) at Boston Red Sox (3-4), 6:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Martin Perez (0-0, 3.18) Boston - Felix Doubront (1-0, 5.06)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox try to put two straight wins together on Tuesday when they continue a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

After getting swept in three games by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, Boston responded in Monday's opener against the Rangers, as Jackie Bradley finished with three hits and drove in a pair of runs in the Red Sox' 5-1 triumph.

Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia each knocked in a run, while A.J. Pierzynski added three hits and scored twice for the Red Sox, who banged out 14 hits in the win.

John Lackey (2-0) allowed a single unearned run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven solid innings.

"He showed why he's one of the best pitchers in the American League. He made us swing the bats," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "We had some situations where we could have broken through, but couldn't get the base hits."

Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios collected a pair of hits and Mitch Moreland drove in the lone run for the Rangers, who had dropped two of three over the weekend at Tampa Bay.

Tanner Scheppers (0-1) pitched well in defeat, giving up two runs on nine hits over five full frames.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox will turn to lefty Felix Doubront, who has struggled mightily in his young career against the Rangers. Doubront has made three starts and three relief appearances against them and is 0-3 with an 11.40 ERA against them. It's his highest ERA against any American League team.

Doubront won his first start of 2014 against Baltimore, as he allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 frames.

The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with a young lefty of their own in 23- year-old Martin Perez, who pitched well his first time out, but did not get a decision against Philadelphia, despite surrendering just a pair of runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Texas was 4-2 versus the Red Sox last season.

04/08 10:50:50 ET