If the regular season ended today, the Boston Red Sox would enter the playoffs as the Wild Card winner and face Texas Rangers, who lead the West Division. The Red Sox traveled to Texas for the second time this season to begin a four-game series on Monday.
Mike Napoli homered and C.J. Wilson won his team-high 13th game to lead the Rangers to shutout win over Boston, 4-0. Napoli belted a three-run shot in the sixth inning for his 21st home run of the season. Wilson allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out four, over six and 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third straight victory. Elvis Andrus hit a run-scoring single in the third inning to stake Texas to a 1-0 advantage.
Erik Bedard, who is winless in four appearances as a member of the Red Sox, gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings to suffer his second loss with Boston and his ninth on the season. Carl Crawford, who has a hit in all five games of the current road trip, had one of the four singles for the Red Sox, who have lost all four games in Texas this year and have been outscored by a total of 30-11.
David Ortiz is not expected to play during this series, but the Boston designated hitter is preparing to play again soon according to WEEI’s Twitter page. Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the lineup for the Red Sox on Monday, but the Boston Herald Twitter page reports he is expected for the rest of the series.
The series continues on Tuesday night. John Lackey will pitch for Boston and Colby Lewis will take the mound for the Rangers. The probable pitchers for Wednesday are Josh Beckett for the Red Sox and Matt Harrison for Texas. In the final game of the Texas series, the probable pitchers are Andrew Miller for Boston and Alexi Ogando for the Rangers. The Red Sox will host Texas on September 2 to start a three-game series at Fenway Park.
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