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Rangers vs Red Sox April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

The Texas Rangers are once again leaders of the pack as they have jumped out of the gate early in the season. Tonight they take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Rangers have started well on the road, as they are 4-0 for the first time in 20 years. Tonight’s game is the first of two against the Red Sox in a short series.

The Red Sox are not only trying to reach the .500 mark as they are just 4-6 on the season, but they find themselves mired in some controversy. Manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the season questioned the effort of Kevin Youkilis. That caused other players to defend Youkilis and yesterday Valentine apologized for his words.

In the game today, the Red Sox will have their ace Jon Lester in the mound. Lester lost his only decision of the early season but has pitched well with very little offensive support. Lester will have to try to control Josh Hamilton who is off to a hot start at the plate. In his last 13 at bats, Hamilton has 6 hits, including two home runs and two doubles. He has hit .333 for his career at Fenway.

Colby Lewis will be on the mound for the Rangers who lead the American League with an 8-2 record. Lewis is 1-0 this season with an ERA of just 1.42. However, he has not fared well against the Red Sox. In three starts during last season, Lewis was 1-2 with an ERA of 8.22. Adrian Gonzalez led the Red Sox batters against Lewis last season. Gonzalez had 6 hits in 7 at bats against Lewis last season, including two round trippers.

Currently the Red Sox are favored in this game with the total at 8.5. Look for Boston ace Lester to quiet the Ranger bats and the Red Sox to win this game with the total ending UNDER the 8.5.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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