10 Texas Tidbits

Here are ten things you need to know about the Red Sox weekend games against the Texas Rangers –

  1. John Lackey makes his second appearance on the mound since returning from a bicep injury, he’s currently 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA
  2. Both Saturday night starters, Lackey and Alexi Ogando wear number 41
  3. Ian Kinsler has a career .438 batting average against Lackey with 3 home runs
  4. Former Red Sox player Adrian Beltre is the only other current Ranger to homer off Lackey, he’s done so twice in 58 plate appearances
  5. Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury are all hitless against Ogando in limited exposure
  6. Texas bench player Jeff Baker is 4 for 12 with 2 homeruns in his last 4 games, expect him in the lineup over David Murphy on Sunday vs Jon Lester against whom he has 6 hits in 7 at bats
  7. In 38.2 innings pitched this season Yu Darvish has 58 strikeouts
  8. Former Ranger Mike Napoli leads the Red Sox with 15 doubles and 31 RBI but also in strikeouts with 43
  9. Darvish has not faced Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes, Steven Drew, Daniel Nava, David Ross or Shane Victorino
  10. If Darvish picks up the win on Sunday he would equal current American League wins leader, Clay Buchholz, with 6 wins
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