W2W4: Red Sox at Rangers

May, 9, 2014
May 9
12:00
PM CT
The Texas Rangers host the world champion Boston Red Sox in a three-game weekend series at Globe Life Park.

It's the only time the Red Sox visit Arlington this season and tickets are a hot item with less than 2,000 reserved seats remaining for Friday's 7:05 p.m. CT start. Only single, obstructed-view and standing-room tickets are left for Saturday's game, and less than 8,000 reserved remain for Sunday.

Both teams are hovering around the .500 mark. Texas (18-17) is third in the AL West and the Red Sox (17-17) are fourth in the AL East.

Some things to watch:

* The Rangers swept the Red Sox in a three-game series in May a year ago and have fared well at home against Boston in recent seasons. Boston took two of three from the Rangers in April at Fenway Park.

* Popular former Ranger Mike Napoli, greeted warmly on his return to Texas last year, makes a triumphant return along with other former Rangers Koji Uehari and A.J. Pierzynski.

* Leonys Martin likes hitting in Globe Life Park. He owns a 10-game hitting home hitting streak. But against the Red Sox, Martin is a career .200 hitter (4-for-20).

* Adrian Beltre, a former Sox star, hit .429 against his former team in an April visit to Fenway. With a pair of home runs this week, Beltre appears to be getting back his power stroke. His most recent home run made him the fifth player all-time to have at least 100 home runs with three different teams. He had 147 for the Dodgers, 103 for the Mariners and 100 with the Rangers.

* Alexi Ogando has played an important role in the Rangers' bullpen in years past, but is in a downturn at the moment. His ERA is 8.44 after giving up six hits and four earned runs in a loss at Colorado on Tuesday.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182