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W2W4: Red Sox at Rangers

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.