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Major League Baseball
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Boston at Texas
When: 8:05 PM ET, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

The Texas Rangers had little trouble with the Red Sox on the road last week and will try to ease their way past visiting Boston again in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday. The Red Sox began their road trip by dropping three straight at Minnesota and will turn to a rookie in an effort to upgrade their starting pitching.

Highly touted left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez soared to the top of Boston’s list of pitching prospects and will give everyone else in the beleaguered rotation an extra day off during a stretch of 20 consecutive games by making the spot start. "He's a competitor," Boston catcher Blake Swihart, who was with Rodriguez at Triple-A to begin the season, told reporters. "He's going to come out and compete. He thinks he's going to get the guy out whenever he's on the mound. That's what we want." The Rangers have not been easy to retire of late and began a seven-game winning streak with two against the Red Sox before finally falling 12-3 at Cleveland on Wednesday. Texas is returning home after a 7-2 road trip that brought the team within a game of .500 (23-24).

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), FSN Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (NA) vs. Rangers RH Nick Martinez (4-0, 1.96 ERA)

Rodriguez came to the Red Sox in the deal that sent reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore at the 2014 trade deadline and has breezed through the upper levels of the Boston system. The 22-year-old boasts a 2.98 ERA while notching 44 strikeouts and seven walks in 48 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. Rodriguez is expected to be returned to Pawtucket following Thursday’s start but will be on alert should No. 5 starter Joe Kelly continue to struggle.

Martinez surrendered a pair of solo home runs at New York on Saturday but did not allow another runner to cross the plate over seven innings in a win. The 24-year-old has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his nine starts this season and is coming off back-to-back wins. Martinez missed the series in Fenway Park last week and will be making his first career start against Boston.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rangers LF Josh Hamilton will make his first home appearance since rejoining the club last month.

2. Boston acquired OF Carlos Peguero from the Rangers for cash considerations on Wednesday.

3. Texas DH Prince Fielder is 15-for-28 with 15 RBIs in the last six games.

PREDICTION: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Boston 21-26 L3 10-12 11-14 10-15 0-3 7-6 4-2
Texas 23-24 L1 6-13 17-11 7-3 5-5 10-15 1-1
Last Meeting
Boston Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/21/15 TEX 3 BOS 1 .194 0 .500 .226 1 .649
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston X. Bogaerts .400 4 1.255
Texas M. Moreland .455 5 1.227
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston D. Ortiz 1 1 3
Texas R. Chirinos 1 1 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 2.33 .267 24
Texas 2.08 .240 19
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston D. Pedroia .290 53 .809
Texas P. Fielder .368 70 1.008
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston H. Ramirez 10 24 23
Texas P. Fielder 10 24 38
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 4.55 .239 340
Texas 4.35 .245 317