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Red Sox-Rangers series preview 05.19.15 at 10:45 am ET
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Prince Fielder (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is hitting .358/.421/.582 with 13 RBIs and seven extra-base hits in May. (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

In their first series back from a 10-game road stint, the Red Sox welcome the Rangers to Fenway Park for the next three days. The Sox return home with a 5-5 record against the Blue Jays, A’s and Mariners and are seated third in the AL East, 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Yankees.

The Rangers are fourth in their division, 8 1/2 games behind the Astros, who have the best record in the American League at 25-14. Texas, with its 16-22 mark on the year, is 4-6 in its last 10 games. Most recently, the Rangers nabbed a 5-1 victory over the struggling Indians on Sunday, though they had lost the three games prior.

The biggest problem for the Rangers this season has been, like the Sox until recently, subpar pitching. With a staff ERA, starters and relievers alike, of 4.23, Texas has give up 178 runs, eighth most in the majors. There is a discrepancy between the rotation and the bullpen, though, which is what the team has the most trouble with.

Texas starters have a 3.98 ERA, smack dab in the middle of the league. While that’s not particularly good, there are still teams that have it much worse. The relief arms, on the other hand, have a fourth-worst ERA of 4.68. In addition, Rangers relievers have given up a league-worst 73 runs on 137 hits. They also get the most work of any bullpen staff in the majors, logging 134 2/3 innings. Red Sox relievers are third in that category as they have tossed 131.

To rectify at least part of this issue, some changes were made to the Rangers roster Sunday, including moving starting lefty Ross Detwiler, who is 0-5 on the year with a 6.95 ERA, to the 15-day DL. Detwiler was originally scheduled to get the ball against the Sox on Wednesday, but now Phil Klein is expected to start in his place.

“I think certain guys have put themselves in positions where we’re better when they’re in more high-leverage spots,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said on Sunday after the moves. “With other guys, it’s still up in the air. I think [manager Jeff Banister is] going to utilize them as needed based on who’s throwing well and the matchup and who’s coming up.”

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Shane Victorino, Nick Swisher, Shin-Soo Choo and the Red Sox search for an outfielder 12.03.12 at 4:59 pm ET
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Red Sox addressed their top priority when they reached an agreement with Mike Napoli. There was a dearth of quality free agent first basemen on the market, and even fewer who wouldn’t require the team that signed them to sacrifice a draft pick as compensation. Now, with Napoli on board, the Sox’ other area of positional need should feature very different rules of engagement.

Even as the center fielders are coming off the board, with B.J. Upton having signed, Denard Span having been traded by the Twins and Angel Pagan reportedly nearing a return to the Giants, there remain a number of free agent and trade options in the outfield market. Josh Hamilton is there for the taking. So is Nick Swisher. So is Shane Victorino. And Cody Ross. And Ryan Ludwick. The Diamondbacks continue to be open to a deal involving Justin Upton. The Indians are dangling Shin-Soo Choo. And on… and on.

With Napoli on board, the Sox now feature a roster that is deeeeeep in right-handed hitters. Napoli joins Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, David Ross, Jonny Gomes and potentially Jose Iglesias among the team’s right-handed options. The team does hope to achieve a measure of balance, finding some left-handed options (or switch-hitters) to complement what it’s already assembled. The team also would like to find a strong defensive right fielder (essentially, someone who is capable of playing center but with the arm for right). Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Jon Lester vs. Corey Kluber 08.12.12 at 9:37 am ET
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Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start against the Indians in the final game of the four-game series at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

In his last outing, the 28-year-old threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers. Lester (5-10, 5.36) is on a two-game losing streak. The Red Sox have lost six of his last seven starts.

Boston defeated the Yankees when Lester pitched six innings and allowed four runs in late July. The lefty has not won a start since June 27, when the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 10-4. Lester pitched seven innings of four-run baseball in that game.

Lester hasn’t pitched against the Indians since May 25, when he allowed zero runs through six innings in a Red Sox victory.

Corey Kluber, who will be starting for the Indians, has never faced the Red Sox in his career. In two years in the majors, Kluber (0-0, 6.10) has pitched in five games. He has started twice in his career, both times this season.

Both of Kluber’s starts ended in losses. In his last outing, the 26-year-old allowed one earned run in six innings as the Indians lost to Minnesota. In his first start of the season, on Aug. 2, Kluber allowed six runs through 4 1/3 innings to the Royals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trade deadline: Indians look to improve offense 07.06.11 at 1:41 pm ET
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Sitting in first place in the American League Central, the Indians will be in a new position this trading deadline. Instead of being sellers like in previous years, this year they will be buyers as they will look to maintain their position atop the AL Central.

Speaking with Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said: ‘€œWe’€™re open in any way we can to improve the team, whatever that might be. Especially with [Shin-SooChoo suffering the injury that he suffered, we’€™ll probably focus most of our efforts on improving our offense and getting a little more consistency there.’€

Antonetti also noted how difficult it is to project how a player from an outside organization will work out after a deal is made.

‘€œIt’€™s so hard to put percentages on external acquisitions because there are so many variables in play,’€ Antonetti said. ‘€œThe benefit that we have with our internal options is we control those unilaterally, which guys we bring up, provided they’€™re healthy. Externally, so many things have to come together.’€

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