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Wednesday’s Red Sox matchups: Josh Beckett vs. Derek Holland

07.25.12 at 9:33 am ET
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The Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound Wednesday in Texas to try to turn around a team that has been reeling since its walk-off win against the White Sox last Thursday.

Like Jon Lester, Beckett has had a disappointing season, entering Wednesday’€™s game with a 5-8 record and 4.53 ERA in 16 starts this season. Before his win against the Rays on July 15, Beckett’€™s last victory came on May 20 against the Phillies.

The key for Beckett in the game will be to get out of the first inning unscathed. The 32-year-old right-hander has a 10.69 ERA in first innings this year and has allowed first-inning runs in each of his past three starts, including a five-run first inning against the Yankees on July 6.

Josh Hamilton has crushed Beckett throughout his career, recording two homers and a .471 batting average in 19 at-bats against the Red Sox righty.

Beckett will be matched up against Derek Holland, who defeated him 6-3 earlier this season at Fenway Park. In that game, Holland struck out seven while only allowing four hits to earn his second win of the season.

Holland is 6-5 with a 4.84 ERA, coming off a loss to the Angels on Friday. Holland, who allowed two home runs in the loss, has given up 14 homers on the year.

While the 25-year-old lefty has dominated most of the Red Sox lineup in his career, a surprising good matchup for the Red Sox is Nick Punto, who has a 1.000 slugging percentage in his six career at-bats against Holland.Red Sox vs. Holland (LHP)

Dustin Pedroia (11 plate appearances): .091 BA/.091 OBP/.091 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Kelly Shoppach (11): .125/.364/.250, 1 double, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (10): .375/.500/.500, 1 double, 2 walks

Carl Crawford (9): .286/.444/.429, 1 double, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Adrian Gonzalez (9): .111/.111/.111, 3 strikeouts

Mike Aviles (7): .200/.429/.200, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Nick Punto (6): .500/.500/1.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Ryan Sweeney (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Cody Ross (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Rangers vs. Beckett (RHP)

Adrian Beltre (27 plate appearances): .192 BA/.222 OBP/.231 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts

Michael Young (26): .167/.192/.292, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Josh Hamilton (19): .471/.526/.824, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Elvis Andrus (16): .231/.333/.231, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Mike Napoli (16): .267/.313/.733, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Ian Kinsler (13): .167/.231/.333, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Nelson Cruz (12): .091/.167/.091, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

David Murphy (11): .444/.455/.778, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI

Yorvit Torrealba (10): .400/.400/.400

Brandon Snyder (3): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts

Alberto Gonzalez (2): .500/.500/.500

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