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Red Sox vs. Rangers, 4/20

04.20.10 at 11:31 am ET
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If the Red Sox are going to get off this nasty five-game losing streak they will need Tim Wakefield to repeat his performance from his first start, rather than his second. Wakefield, despite not earning the victory, pitched a solid seven innings of two run ball in Kansas City, but hit a big thud in Minnesota, giving up six runs (five earned) in an 8-0 loss.

The Rangers and Wakefield are no strangers. The knuckleballer has appeared in 33 games (26 starts) against Texas, and he sports a not to kind 10-15 record with a 5.98 ERA in his career. New Ranger, Vladimir Guerrero, has feasted on the knuckleball in his career, as he has hit five homers off of Wakefield in 30 plate appearances. The rest of the Ranger lineup has been so-so vs. Wakefield, and most of their younger players have yet to face the veteran pitcher.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis has only appeared in five games (one start) against the Sox in his career. Lewis has pitched well in his first two starts, as he is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA to begin this season. The Red Sox bats have been quiet, to say the least, but maybe a new opponent at Fenway Park can turn this slump around.

RANGERS VS. TIM WAKEFIELD

Michael Young (49 plate appearances) : .233 average/ .327 OBP/ .395 slugging percentages, 2 homers, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts

Vladimir Guerrero (30): .429/ .600/ .1.190, 5 homers, 9 walks, 3 strikeouts

Ian Kinsler (13): .154/ .154/ .385, 1 homer, 3 strikeouts

Ryan Garko (9): .143/ .333/ .143, 2 walks

Josh Hamilton (6): .333/ .333/ .333

David Murphy: 0-for-3, 1 strikeout

Nelson Cruz: 0-for-0, 1 walk

Chris Davis: 0-for-0, 1 walk

Never faced: Elvis Andrus, Joaquin Arias, Andres Blanco, Julio Borbon, Taylor Teagarden, Matt Treanor

RED SOX VS. COLBY LEWIS

Mike Cameron (17 plate appearances): .200 average/ .294 OBP/ .400 slugging percentage, 1 homers, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

David Ortiz: 2-for-5, 2 homers, 1 walk

Jason Varitek: 0-for-4, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia: 0-for-2

Marco Scutaro: 0-for-2

Adrian Beltre: 1-for-1

J.D. Drew: 0-for-1

Jacoby Ellsbury: 0-for-1

Mike Lowell: 0-for-1

Never faced: Bill Hall, Jeremy Hermida, Victor Martinez, Kevin Youkilis


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