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Opening Day leftovers: Sox who made history

04.02.11 at 4:26 pm ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Thanks to the dazzling talents in the Red Sox Media Relations Department, a few leftover notes from Opening Day:

Tim Wakefield recorded the final out of the eighth inning for the Red Sox. It was just Wakefield’s second career Opening Day appearance, and his first since he took starting honors for the Pirates on April 6, 1983. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 18-year layoff between Opening Day appearances is the longest by a big leaguer since 1900. The previous record was held by fellow knuckleballer Joe Niekro, who went 13 years (1968, 1981) between Opening Day games.

Coincidentally, Charlie Hough was on hand (and had far-reaching praise for Wakefield), and it was Phil Niekro‘s birthday.

Jon Lester‘s three homers allowed on Opening Day represented a career high. It also was the most homers allowed by a Sox pitcher on Opening Day since Dennis Eckersley was taken deep three times in 1980, and the most homers allowed on Opening Day by a Sox lefty since at least 1919. Lester also became the first Sox Opening Day starter not to punch out a batter since Bob Stanley (yup, that Bob Stanley) in 1987.

–After his solo homer on Friday, David Ortiz now has 1,001 career RBIs as a DH. He is second all-time among DH’s in RBIs, just two behind Mariners standout Edgar Martinez.

–In his 10th major league seasons, John Lackey will be making his first outing of the year against the Rangers for the seventh time. In his previous six season openers against them, he is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA. He has made more starts (33) against the Rangers than any other active pitcher, forging an 11-12 record and 5.74 ERA against them. Lackey was 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts against the AL West in 2010, with many of his starts coming in the second half. The big right-hander tends to be a slow starter, going 13-10 with a 4.79 ERA in his career in March/April, and a 3.78 ERA over the rest of the year.

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Red Sox vs. Rangers matchups, 4/2

04.02.11 at 2:33 pm ET
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The Red Sox take on the Rangers Saturday night in Game 2 of a three-game set. Opposing them on the mound will be Colby Lewis, who has finally settled into a major league rotation after years of bouncing around. He spent three years with the Rangers from 2002-04, but he managed to go just 12-13 with a dismal 6.83 ERA in 44 games, including 33 starts. After undergoing rotator cuff surgery, Lewis spent most of the next three seasons in the minors jumping from the Tigers to the Nationals to the Athletics and finally to the Royals.

He got his career back on track in Japan of all places, as he led the Japan Central League in strikeouts in both 2008 and 2009 while pitching for the Hiroshima Carp. Lewis returned to the Rangers last spring and earned a spot in the starting rotation. He went just 12-13, but he posted a solid 3.72 ERA and broke the 200-inning mark. Three of his starts came against the Red Sox, and he went 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in those outings. Lewis was great in the postseason, as he went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts. He registered a 4.50 ERA without earning a decision in four starts this spring.

Current Red Sox are hitting a meager .194 against Lewis. No player has a better average than Carl Crawford‘s .286 against him. David Ortiz owns a .273 average with two home runs in 12 career plate appearances against the right-hander. Mike Cameron has a home run and five RBIs in 17 plate appearances against Lewis, but has managed just a .200 average.

Starting for the Red Sox will be John Lackey, who is something of a surprise No. 2 starter after a disappointing season last year. Although his 14 wins were tied for the second-most of his career, his 4.40 ERA was his highest since 2004. Lackey did finish the season with his best month of the year, though. He recorded a season-low 3.46 ERA in September, although he went just 2-3 in six starts. He had a pretty good spring training, going 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA in five starts.

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Rangers GM discusses ‘error’ that led to dealing Adrian Gonzalez

04.02.11 at 8:47 am ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jon Daniels had an eventful first winter as GM of the Rangers when he took over control of the club’s baseball operations following the 2005 season. He unloaded Alfonso Soriano, acquired Vicente Padilla and made a couple of additional minor moves.

But there is unquestionably one trade that, more than five years later, he regrets. In December of 2005, he agreed to a trade (which was officially announced on Jan. 6, 2006) that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Terrmel Sledge and pitcher Chris Young to the Padres in exchange for pitcher Adam Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka.

It was a move meant to bolster the short-term playoff hopes of the club. The Rangers had emerged as surprise contenders in 2004, when they went 89-73. They followed that by going 79-83 in the 2005 campaign.

Still, the team thought that if it could acquire some quality pitching, it had a shot of competing in an AL West division that did not feature any juggernauts. The Rangers had what most viewed as one of the best young position playing cores in the game, led by an infield that featured first baseman Mark Teixeira, shortstop Michael Young and third baseman Hank Blalock.

Gonzalez (whom the Rangers had acquired in a deal with the Marlins in 2003) was seemingly blocked at first by Teixeira. Though the young prospect — who served primarily as a DH while with the Rangers in 2005, in deference to Teixeira’s entrenched position at first — was open to playing the outfield, most in the industry expected that Texas would be forced to trade him.

And to a degree, they were right. The Rangers concluded that his greatest value to them was likely as a trade chip.

“I know that at the time, when Mark Teixeira was here, it led to a lot of clubs making an assumption that we would trade him, that we wouldn’€™t be able to keep both of them. We did get some inquiries on him [prior to the San Diego trade,” said Daniels. “We didn’€™t obviously project him to be the superstar that he’€™s become. Clearly, had we known that, we would have found a way to make it work. But we thought he was going to be a good player. At a young age, he was always a guy we thought would hit. The question was how much power. He’€™s matured into one of the better power hitters in the game, clearly.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Postgame Red Sox reaction: Quotes from the clubhouse

04.01.11 at 9:02 pm ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Carl Crawford could only acknowledge the obvious. His Red Sox debut — in which he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a game that his team lost, 9-5 — was not exactly according to plan.

After all, Crawford had just four games in the previous three seasons with the Rays in which he struck out as many as three times. It wasn’t the most noteworthy demonstration of his talents.

“First day in a Red Sox uniform and we lost. I was hoping it would be one of those memorable moments, but it wasn’€™t,” Crawford said after the contest. “So you’€™ve just got to get ready to play tomorrow.”

Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Sox this winter, suggested that he “was probably pressing a little bit” in his debut. At the same time, he credited starter C.J. Wilson and the Rangers staff for pitching well in the opener.

“I think I was trying as hard as I could,” said Crawford. “It’€™s just one of those things. It was tough on me today. … It really wasn’€™t that bad, as far as the nerves and stuff. I just had a bad game today. I’€™m glad it’€™s over with and we can just keep going and play the rest of the games.”

Crawford’s teammates, meanwhile, were quick to dismiss the left fielder’s poor first game. While Crawford became the first Sox player to strike out three times on Opening Day since Jason Varitek in 2008, and the first to whiff three times in his Sox debut since Julio Lugo in 2007, no one saw any reason to panic about the performance of the multi-talented outfielder.

“He’€™s going to come back and have a great season. One day doesn’€™t mean anything,” said Adrian Gonzalez, who was 2-for-4 in his Sox debut. “[Wilson] is pretty tough. It’€™s one of those things. [Crawford] will bounce back.”

“I guarantee you, he’€™s going to have more good days than a day like today,” said David Ortiz. “You know what Baseball God is? Sometimes he makes things happen just to show the world that this ain’€™t easy. Not to Him, because He knows it’€™s not easy. Just to the whole world.”

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Closing Time: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

04.01.11 at 7:39 pm ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Well, so much for 162-0.

While the Red Sox have been identified by virtually every pundit as the odds-on favorite to reach the World Series, they endured an Opening Day bout of humility from the defending American League champs. After the Sox tied the contest, 5-5, in the top of the eighth inning, the Rangers sent nine men to the plate in the eighth, plating four runs to claim a less-than-close 9-5 victory over the Sox.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

Daniel Bard was impaled by the Rangers’ claws and antlers. The Sox’ relief standout was brought into the contest in the bottom of the eighth, after the Sox had tied the contest in the top of the inning. Instead, he quickly spit the bit, issuing a one-out walk to Mike Napoli and permitting a single to right by Yorvit Torrealba before pinch-hitter (and former Sox prospect) David Murphy drove a good pitch (a 96 mph fastball down and away) down the left-field line for a two-run double. Bard also allowed a run-scoring double to light-hitting shortstop Elvis Andrus and another to reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton.

The game marked the first time that Bard had allowed as many as three extra-base hits in the same game as a major leaguer. His four-run yield also matched a career high.

Jon Lester, usually one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors, had little on the mound on Friday. His fastball velocity was typically in the low-90s, sitting around 92 mph, on a day when, for just the second time in his career, he didn’t strike out a batter. Lester went 5 1/3 innings while allowing five runs on a career-high three homers.

Carl Crawford had a dismal debut for the Sox, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while missing badly on a number of his cuts. Crawford became the first Red Sox since Jason Varitek in 2008 to strike out three times on Opening Day, and the first since Julio Lugo in 2007 to whiff three times in his Sox debut.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

David Ortiz had a rough day against Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, but he rebounded against one of the toughest left-handed relievers in the game. With the Sox trailing, 5-4, in the top of the eighth inning, Ortiz jumped on an 89 mph fastball that Darren Oliver left up and out over the plate. Ortiz crushed it to straightaway center field for his first homer of the season, as well as his first ever longball against Oliver. (Ortiz had been 2-for-14 in his career against Oliver.)

The blast was significant. Had Ortiz gone a punchless 0-for-4 and been retired in all his at-bats by left-handers, the now-familiar cycle of April scrutiny might have been quick to gain steam, especially with right-handed alternatives on the bench. But with the homer, Ortiz — who did not hit his first homer of last year until his 12th game of the season, and who didn’t launch his first until he was 36 games into the 2009 campaign — bought himself some time to get his season off to a more normal start.

Jacoby Ellsbury carried his tantalizing spring into the first contest of the season. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double (against Wilson, no less — a pitcher who allowed just five extra-base hits to lefties all of last year) while stealing a base.

Adrian Gonzalez was impressive in his Sox debut, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles that drove in three runs. His hits came against Wilson, a pitcher who allowed just five left-handers to claim multi-hit games in all of 2010. Gonzalez also stole a base, just the second time in his career that he’s swiped a bag.

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Charlie Hough on Tim Wakefield: ‘He’s kind of a landmark’

04.01.11 at 6:51 pm ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Retired pitcher Charlie Hough describes himself as having been in the second tier of all-time knuckleballers. Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Hoyt Wilhelm represent royalty when it comes to the pitch’s practitioners, but Hough classified himself as being a touch behind them, a pitcher who was “pretty good” in a career that spanned 25 years and yielded a 216-216 record and 3.75 ERA while lasting until the right-hander was 46 years old.

But while Hough has not pitched in 17 years, he remains connected to the game in a meaningful way thanks to Red Sox right-hander Tim Wakefield. Hough recalled working with Wakefield back in 1992, when the young Pirates pitcher was getting ready to pitch in Triple-A. It took Hough little time to realize that Wakefield would soon be taking the baton as the next generation of knuckleballer, though even he had no idea that Wakefield would take the baseball world by storm that year, going 10-3 with a 3.06 ERA in Triple-A before notching an 8-1 record and 2.15 ERA in the bigs for Pittsburgh (as well as 2-0 in the Braves).

Ever since their meeting 19 years ago, Hough has maintained an interest in a pitcher who is carrying on a little-understood tradition.

“I probably follow him more than he knows,” said Hough, who threw out the first pitch — yes, a knuckleball, albeit one that Hough joked had no action on it — at the Rangers’ home park. “I saw him when he was I guess just learning to throw a knuckleball. I remember speaking to him and he had a little microphone in his hand, a little tape thing in his hand when we talked about learning to throw it. He was already throwing it. He already knew how.

“The first time I spoke to him, he was in street clothes so I didn’€™t see him throw it. I threw it 10 feet with him,” Hough continued. “Then when I saw him pitch, I said, ‘€˜Yeah, he’€™s gonna pitch.’€™ I didn’€™t know it was going to be as fast as it was. I saw him in spring ‘€™92, and that’€™s the year he won a couple games in the playoffs, beat the Braves in the playoffs a couple of times. It’€™s one of those things. When you got it, it works. If you don’€™t throw it right, it doesn’€™t work. But what a career.”

Hough is familiar with the career stage at which Wakefield currently finds himself. He knows the increased soreness that comes with being on the mound — the knees, the back, the shoulder — while trying to pitch into his mid-40s, all of which makes it more challenging to repeat a delivery and sustain success.

Even so, he cautioned those who would dismiss Wakefield’s potential contributions to the Sox this year.

“Being a great competitor, he keeps coming back. Every year, it seems like the Red Sox have him out of the rotation, and at the end of the year, he’€™s their big winner,” said Hough. “Timmy’€™s on a great team right now. He’€™s not in the rotation, but you don’€™t know what’€™s going to happen. He might win 15 games.”

If such a prediction were to come to fruition, it would allow Wakefield to achieve a couple of historic marks. The 44-year-old, who has 193 career wins and 179 with the Sox, would surpass 200 victories for his career, and would also pass all-time franchise victories leaders Cy Young and Roger Clemens, currently tied with 193.

While the odds of such marks have grown longer as Wakefield nears the end of his career, Hough will be among those rooting for his one-time protegee to make history.

“I hope he catches those guys. I hope he passes them,” said Hough. “He’€™s had just an incredible career. To do what he’€™s done in Boston, throwing a knuckleball in that ballpark, I can’€™t imagine doing it,” said Hough. “He’€™s kind of a landmark there in Boston. He goes with the Wall, I think, doesn’€™t he?”

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Season’s underway, and spring training stats are meaningless

04.01.11 at 4:58 pm ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas — One can make the case that no Red Sox player had a worse spring than Kevin Youkilis. At least, that would be the easy conclusion to draw from the numbers.

Youkilis — one of the top hitters in the American League over the past three years — amassed dreadful numbers in Grapefruit League play. He hit .175 with a .238 OBP and .211 slugging mark, walking just four times while punching out 15 times in 57 at-bats in big league exhibition games.

Was Youkilis concerned before leaving Fort Myers, perhaps wondering whether he was rusty after surgery to repair a torn adductor muscle in his hand cost him the final two months of last year? Hardly.

There were a few reasons for his cavalier attitude. First, those numbers didn’t include an exhibition game against Northeastern, when he hit a homer, or a minor league camp game against John Lackey and other Sox pitchers at the end of spring training, when Youkilis felt like his swing got locked in as he drove the ball to center and right. Secondly, he felt that he was victimized on a number of strikeouts by bad calls. Third, he noted that he is of a mind that the perfect outcome in spring games is a good, hard lineout.

“Spring training is a tough gauge,” said Youkilis. “Me, personally, I like getting out, lining out in spring training. The old saying, they’€™ll even out, I feel like they’€™ll fall more in the year. You want to hit line drives right at people, go right back to the dugout, conserve your energy for the year. I don’€™t get as mad [in spring training] as I do during the season.]”

Finally, there was an issue of approach. Youkilis, and perhaps most significantly, there was the matter of approach. Youkilis takes a different approach to his plate appearances in spring training than he does during the regular season. The third baseman is more concerned with process than results in spring. He acknowledged that he would rather get rung up on a called third strike during the spring than crush a first-pitch fastball.

“I’€™m not a big fan of feeling hot. I don’€™t want to be swinging well the whole spring training, because then you don’€™t get a sense of when you’€™re going bad, how to change it,” said Youkilis. “There’€™s two sides to it. Some guys need the confidence and reinforcement that they’€™re doing well. But sometimes that’€™s a false sense of how you are.

“I can go out and swing at a first-pitch fastball down the middle, but that’€™s not going to do anything to figure out when a guy is throwing two-seamer in, curveball, slider. Swing at the first pitch, you get a good result. But in spring training, I try to see as many pitches as possible. I want to see the really good pitches: the changeups, the sliders, the curveballs. I want to see every kind of pitch. So when you get to the season, you’€™re used to seeing it. That’€™s one of the misconceptions about spring training. Just because a guy hits .400 in spring training doesn’€™t mean he’€™s going to have a real good year. Just because a guy hits bad in spring training doesn’€™t mean he’€™s going to hit bad during the year.”

It took all of three regular season pitches for Youkilis to give a sense of why he feels that way. He stepped to the plate in the top of the first inning of Opening Day against the Rangers with a runner on third and two outs and promptly laced a 92 mph fastball from starter C.J. Wilson on a 1-1 count into the right field corner for a run-scoring double. He then scored on an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez.

Thus began the start of games that count for the Sox third baseman.

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Baseball executives mourn former Sox GM Lou Gorman

04.01.11 at 2:05 pm ET
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Former Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 82, the Red Sox confirmed Friday afternoon. Gorman had been ill for almost a year before passing away at Massachusetts General Hospital with his family by his side.

“All he wanted to do was make it to Opening Day,” nephew Tom Dougherty told the media.

Gorman, a Rhode Island native, served as Red Sox GM from 1984-93 and remained in the team’s front office after he was replaced by Dan Duquette. Gorman was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

‘€œLou Gorman was a giant in our industry,’€ Sox GM Theo Epstein said in a statement. ‘€œDuring half a century in the game, Lou impacted and helped so many people in countless ways. We’€™ll dearly miss this good, humble man who leaves an unmistakable legacy on the Red Sox and Major League Baseball.’€

Added team president/CEO Larry Lucchino: ‘€œLou Gorman was first and foremost a gentleman: kind, warm, decent, and positive. He treated everyone with dignity and saw each person he encountered as a potential friend. I will deeply miss sitting and watching Red Sox home games with Lou, learning from his wisdom and character. They just don’€™t make them like Lou Gorman. That is not a cliché; it is a historical fact.”

MLB commissioner Bud Selig also offered his praise. “I had a wonderful friendship with Lou Gorman, a great gentleman, for decades,” Selig said. “A Navy man who became a baseball man, Lou guided the front office of the Seattle Mariners from their inception and later helped build the farm system of the New York Mets in the early ’80s. The native New Englander then led the ‘Olde Towne Team,’ highlighted by the 1986 American League pennant for his beloved Red Sox.

“Lou was a perpetual optimist, a wonderful storyteller, and a contributor to many outstanding baseball causes, such as the Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Baseball Assistance Team. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Lou’s family and his many friends and admirers throughout the game of baseball.”

Theo Epstein on M&M: ‘Unfair to tie our success … to the payroll’

04.01.11 at 1:20 pm ET
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Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday, a few hours before the Red Sox’ season-opener against the Rangers in Texas. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Asked if he felt he needed to make a splash in the offseason after a disappointing 2010 season, Epstein said no. “Making a splash never factors into the equation at all for me,” he said. “It’s a matter of trying to make moves that create a really healthy organization that allows up to put a very, very competitive team on the field. And by that I mean a team that can compete for a World Series every year. ‘€¦ We look at every offseason as an opportunity not to make a splash but to improve the overall health of the organization for the short and long term.”

Looking back at the loss of free agent catcher Victor Martinez to the Tigers, Epstein said it had to do with trying to find balance on the team. “I love Victor, too. I’d do that trade that we did for him again any day of the week. He’s a great player,” Epstein said. “You have to project for the long haul, too. What we want to avoid is any situation where we look down and all of a sudden our entire roster is full of guys making $10-plus million who are into their mid-30s. That’s a big part of the equation here.

“So, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are 28 and 29 years old. Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre are going to play in the first year of what would be at least four-year contracts at 32 years old. So, that’s a big part of it. Then the positional factor is a part of it as well. You have to make hard decisions. You can’t have everybody. We feel like in Jarrod Saltalamacchia we have a younger player with some upside who fits into our payroll structure.

“You’re not going to have All-Stars at every position. You’re not going to have guys making $10 million ‘€” you better not ‘€” at every position. And you don’t want players who are going into their 30s ‘€” especially their mid-30s ‘€” at every position. You have to have young players breaking in. We’re content with what we did even though we really respect and admire Victor as a player and we know we’ll miss him.”

As for the Crawford signing, Epstein said: “That move was as much about the future as it was about the short term. If you look at our outfield situation, J.D. Drew is entering the last year of his contract. Mike Cameron is entering the last year of his contract. Ryan Kalish we feel needs more development time at Triple-A before he has a chance to be an everyday player as early as 2012. And we have Jacoby Ellsbury under control for three more years in center.

“So, we were really going to need an outfielder even if Kalish is ready in 2012 as we think he will be. We were really going to need an outfielder in 2012. If you look ahead to that free agent market or the potential trade market, we really didn’t ilk the options. So, we thought that going aggressively after Crawford was a way to not only obviously improve the 2011 club but to preemptively address a major issue that was going to be facing us, which is a lot of demand for an impact corner outfielder and not a lot of supply.”
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Red Sox vs. Rangers matchups, 4/1

04.01.11 at 11:18 am ET
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The Red Sox open their season in Texas Friday afternoon with the first of three games against the Rangers. The revamped Sox offense will be going up against ace C.J. Wilson, who went 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA last year in his first season as a starter. Wilson worked out of the bullpen for his first five major league seasons, racking up 52 saves along the way, before transitioning to the starting rotation last spring.

The transition went smoothly, to say the least. He tossed seven shutout innings against the Blue Jays in his first start of the season and continued to be one of the Rangers’ most consistent pitchers throughout the season. He finished 8-3 over his final 15 starts and then won his first postseason start against the Rays. He went 0-2 in three starts in the ALCS and World Series, though, as Texas beat the Yankees before falling to the Giants. Wilson didn’t have the best spring training, as he went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in five starts.

Some pitchers might fear opening the season against this Red Sox lineup, but Wilson has no reason to. He dominated Boston more than any other team last season, going 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three starts. He went at least 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run or fewer in all three starts. Only Kevin Youkilis (.286 in nine plate appearances) and Dustin Pedroia (.400 in five plate appearances) are hitting better than .167 against Wilson among current Red Sox. Newcomer Carl Crawford is the only one who has a home run against Wilson, but he’s hitting just .133 in 16 plate appearances.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, will send Jon Lester to the mound. Lester, who went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts this spring, has won 15 or more games in each of the last three seasons and is coming off his best year yet. He went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA and finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting last season. The only question mark on Lester’s resume is his poor record in April, something he’ll be looking to turn around this year. He’s 3-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 career April starts, making it by far his worst month. Last season, Lester went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first three starts before tossing 12 2/3 shutout innings over his final two starts of April.

If you were to make a list of teams Lester would be most likely to reverse that trend against, Texas would not be on it. Seven current Rangers are hitting .313 or better against Lester. Nelson Cruz leads the way with a .400 average in 10 plate appearances, while Michael Young isn’t far behind at .391 in 25 plate appearances.

Red Sox vs. C.J. Wilson

Marco Scutaro (17 career plate appearances): .125 BA/.176 OBP/.188 SLG, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Carl Crawford (16): .133/.188/.333, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

David Ortiz (10): .100/.100/.100, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Kevin Youkilis (9): .286/.444/.286, 2 walks

J.D. Drew (8): .167/.365/.167, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Darnell McDonald (8): .167/.365/.167, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 RBI

Mike Cameron (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk

Jacoby Ellsbury (1): .000/.000/.000

Adrian Gonzalez (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Jason Varitek (1): .000/.000/.000

Jed Lowrie has not faced Wilson.

Rangers vs. Jon Lester

Michael Young (25): .391/.440/.609, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Ian Kinsler (18): .125/.222/.313, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Josh Hamilton (17): .313/.353/.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Elvis Andrus (13): .333/.385/.417, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Adrian Beltre (12): .364/.417/.455, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mike Napoli (12): .273/.333/.364, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Nelson Cruz (10): .400/.400/700, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

David Murphy (9): .222/.222/.333, 4 strikeouts

Andres Blanco (3): .333/.333/.333

Julio Borbon (3): .333/.333/.667, 2 strikeouts

Yorvit Torrealba (2): .000/.000/.000

Mitch Moreland has not faced Lester.

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