Texas Rangers: John Lackey

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. John Lackey

June, 5, 2013

BOSTON -- The Rangers and Red Sox play Game 2 of a three-game series at Fenway Park with a pair of right-handers on the mound. Alexi Ogando comes back from an injury to face the resurgent John Lackey at 6:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

Nick Tepesch joins Galloway & Company from Boston to discuss pitching for the Rangers and playing at Fenway Park.

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Ogando (4-2, 3.08): Ogando returns after spending three weeks on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. ... He pitched six innings with four strikeouts and no walks and allowed two runs (none earned) while throwing 60 pitches in a rehab start Friday for Double-A Frisco. ... Ogando is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA for his last five starts. That included a win over Boston on May 4 in which he pitched six innings and allowed a run on six hits. The Red Sox were only 1-for-9 with runners on base. ... Ogando is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in nine games (two starts) against Boston. ... This will be his first career start at Fenway Park. He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five innings in Boston. ... Ogando has been a road warrior for the Rangers, making seven of his nine starts away from Arlington, and is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA with a .238 opponents batting average.

Lackey (3-5, 2.96): Lackey is having a bounce-back season. The Texas native has turned things around since his ERA peaked at 4.05 after 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. In three starts since, Lackey has allowed three earned runs in 19 innings. ... He didn't allow an earned run in two starts against Minnesota and Cleveland before allowing three earned runs in six innings in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia that ended a personal two-game winning streak. ... Lackey has allowed a .229 opponents batting average and has walked only 14 in 45 2/3 innings. ... He has nine consecutive double-digit win seasons, including 19 victories in 2007. ... He has been lethal at Fenway Park this season with a 2-1 record and a 0.90 ERA. ... Lackey is 12-15 with a 6.14 ERA for his career against the Rangers.

Hitters: David Murphy (7-for-16, RBI) has been the Rangers' best hitter against Lackey with Ian Kinsler (.429/4 HRs/9 RBIs) on the disabled list. Adrian Beltre (12-for-58) has two home runs and 12 RBIs against Lackey. David Ortiz (2-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) has had the most success of Red Sox hitters against Ogando.

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. John Lackey

May, 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series as right-hander Alexi Ogando faces right-hander John Lackey at Rangers Ballpark. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

Ogando (2-2, 3.38): Ogando makes his team-leading seventh start and pitches with an extra days' rest after Monday's off day ... Ogando took the loss Sunday in Minnesota, allowing three earned runs in six innings ... It was Ogando's second consecutive quality start ... Ogando gave up a two-run home run to Justin Morneau in the sixth inning ... Ogando had three perfect innings in the start ... He is winless in his last four starts after beginning the season with a 2-0 record ... Home runs have hurt Ogando with four allowed in the the last three games ... He could use some run support as the Rangers have scored 2.53 runs for him, the fifth lowest in the American League ... Ogando had 10 strikeouts in his first start against Houston, and has five or fewer in his last five outings ... He is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in his last three home starts dating back to last season ... He is 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA in eight games/one start against Boston ... In his only start against the Red Sox on Aug. 25, 2011, Ogando allowed six runs, including a career-high four home runs, in four innings in a home start ... He retired all 12 Red Sox he faced in 2012 in relief.

Lackey (1-1, 2.61): Lackey has been miserable against the Rangers in his career ... He has a 6.16 ERA for 195 2/3 innings against Texas ... He's been even worse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington despite a winning record of 7-6 ... Lackey has a 6.68 ERA in 18 career starts in Arlington ... Lackey's last start in Texas came on Sept. 4, 2011 when he allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings ... Lackey has made two starts this season, his last coming on April 28 against the Astros ... He allowed a run in six innings against Houston to get the victory ... Lackey was on the 15-day disabled list for three weeks before that with a right biceps strain ... He went on the DL after an April 7 start against Toronto in which he allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler (14-for-32, 3 HR, 8 RBIs) and David Murphy (7-for-16) have had the best success against Lackey. Maybe this will be the pitcher to snap Murphy out of a 1-for-17 slump. Adrian Beltre has been hit and miss against Lackey with a .196 batting average but two home runs and 12 RBIs. Stephen Drew is 2-for-3 against Ogando. The rest of the current Red Sox have batted .167 against him.

W2W4: Rangers-Red Sox

May, 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's always an event when Red Sox Nation invades Texas and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Just like when the Yankees are here, there's a playoff feel for every game with thousands of Boston fans in the stands to go with a growing baseball following with the Rangers.

Former Rangers catcher Mike Napoli joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to talk about his return to Arlington, what it's like being a member of the Boston Red Sox and his fondest moments in a Rangers uniform.

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Here's what to expect with the latest installment of Beantown vs. Baseball Town this weekend:

Lopsided of late: The Rangers have beaten up on the Red Sox since the start of the 2009 season, going 25-12 against Boston. The Rangers are 13-5 in Arlington, winning five of the six series.

Papi dialed in: David "Big Papi" Ortiz is one a tear since delivering his speech -- expletive included -- in the first game at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombings. Actually, Ortiz was hot going back to last season. He has hit in all 10 games he's played in this season and rides a 22-game hitting streak dating back to July 2, 2012, the longest active streak in the Majors. He has three home runs and 15 RBIs this season.

Lackey's bounce back: Texas native John Lackey is one of the comeback stories of the season. Lackey, who pitched in college at UT-Arlington, is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA. He'll start Saturday's game against Alexi Ogando.

Road warriors: The Red Sox are 9-3 on the road, the best record in baseball, after Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Red Sox pitchers have a American League-leading 3.17 road ERA. Boston leads the Majors with a .287 batting average and a .480 slugging percentage.

Dominating in series: The Red Sox have won 7 of 9 series after taking two of three games at Toronto. The Rangers are 5-1-3 in series after losing one for the first time this week to the Chicago White Sox.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 11, BoSox 4

September, 4, 2011

BOSTON -- The Rangers slugged the Red Sox on Sunday behind a seven-run sixth inning to take two out of three in the series. The next time they face the Red Sox would be October, if the teams hook up in the postseason. The win keeps the Rangers 3 1/2 games up on the Angels going into Monday's series in Tampa Bay. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

* Ian Kinsler made the defensive play of the day and it helped keep momentum on the Rangers' side at a key point in the game. He dived to his backhand side behind second base in shallow center and made a catch off Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth. The out prevented Marco Scutaro from scoring the first run of the game for the Red Sox. It was a pivotal play, allowing Matt Harrison to get out of a jam. And it prevented Boston from getting a rally going in a 2-0 game.

* The Rangers then came back in the top of the sixth and scored seven runs in a huge offensive onslaught. They got an RBI single from David Murphy then loaded the bases against John Lackey, and he exited. Mitch Moreland ended an 0-for-20 stretch with a run-scoring single to right off reliever Felix Doubront. David Murphy (single), Esteban German (pinch-hit walk with bases loaded) and Kinsler (sacrifice fly) also got RBIs.

* Josh Hamilton then came through with a bases-clearing triple with one out in the sixth to bust things wide open and make it 9-0.

* Hamilton is getting this hitting in day games thing figured out. He is hitting .343 (12-for-35) in day games since the second half began -- all on the road. He was 1-for-5 on Sunday.

* The rest sure looked like it helped with Harrison's velocity, though his command wasn't quite as consistent as he would have liked. His fastball touched 96 mph in a strikeout of Adrian Gonzalez in the first. Harrison even got as high as 97 and stayed around 92 to 96 for most of the game. His velocity was down after his last start, showing that the break may have re-charged him.

* Harrison did get some balls up and dealt with runners on base constantly, but to his credit got out of numerous jams. His defense played well behind him and he managed to induce yet another double play. It happened in the second inning and was his 29th double play of the season, a major league high.

* His best inning was the sixth, right after the Rangers piled up the runs. Harrison went out and made quick work of Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz. He ended up allowing two runs in the seventh, but got through seven innings on seven hits in 111 pitches. It was a solid effort and a good confidence builder for Harrison.

* Coming into the game, lefties were really hurting Harrison. They were hitting .303 against him. But his first time through the tough row of lefties, Harrison allowed just one hit -- a swinging bunt to Ortiz in the second. He struck out Gonzalez and Carl Crawford as well in the first two innings. For the game, the Red Sox lefties were 3-for-12 with a walk off Harrison. Two of those hits were squibbers.

* Murphy continued his hot streak. He has a 10-game hitting streak and delivered a one-out triple in the second that led to the Rangers' first run. Murphy is 12-for-22 with six RBIs since Nelson Cruz has been out. He's 18-for-41 with three HRs and 12 RBIs during the hit streak.

* Kinsler got his 66th RBI of the season with a triple to right field and his 67th on a sac fly to right with the bases loaded in the sixth. He has the second-most RBIs in the majors among leadoff hitters (Boston's Ellsbury is first). Kinsler was just 1-for-8 in the series before that triple (and just 4-for-26 in his last seven games).

* The Rangers hit into two double plays and both were rockets. Moreland, hitless in his last 18 at-bats at the time, drilled a ball to Dustin Pedroia at second and he turned the double play in the second. Then in the third, with Kinsler at third base and no outs, Elvis Andrus lined one right back to Lackey, who threw to third to get Kinsler before he could dive back.

* Moreland, though, snapped an 0-for-20 slump with a bases-loaded single in the sixth. He also had a single to right in the seventh. Credit manager Ron Washington for leaving Moreland in with the bases loaded in a 3-0 game. Washington likely wanted Moreland's glove still in the game with the lead, but the first baseman also helped his manager by getting a hit.

* Speed can certainly rattle an opponent. That's what Endy Chavez did to lead off the fifth. He hit a drag bunt between the mound and first and Lackey dived to get to it. But Lackey knew he had to rush and threw from his knees, sending the ball off the dugout rail as Chavez raced to second.

* Napoli hit a very long home run in the ninth. The ball went to straightaway center and hit near the top of the wall behind the batter's eye (black tarp). It had some of the longtime Fenway Park scribes shaking their heads. Napoli was on base four times on Sunday and he did a nice job with Harrison behind the plate too.

* Kinsler's solo shot in the ninth was his sixth homer against Boston this season. He's the first Ranger to hit six homers against the Red Sox in one season since Juan Gonzalez hit six in 1996.

* The Rangers and Red Sox don't like playing close games this season. The Rangers won the season series, 6-4, and the clubs never played a game closer than four runs.

Rapid Reaction: Boston 11, Rangers 5

August, 23, 2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis struggled and the Red Sox jumped on the Rangers' bullpen too for an 11-5 victory. Adrian Gonzalez had two home runs -- both off Lewis -- to help the Red Sox beat Texas for the first time this season. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

• Lewis just didn't have it. Command was the issue. His control wasn't bad, as he got ahead of hitters. But too many pitches were over the plate, allowing the Red Sox to put seven runs off him on nine hits. Lewis tried to throw every pitch he had, but couldn't do much early in the outing. When Lewis doesn't have his fastball location where he wants it, he can struggle and that's what happened.

• Lewis allowed two home runs -- both to Adrian Gonzalez. They totaled 806 feet. Lewis has allowed 30 homers this season, tops in the AL and second in the majors (Bronson Arroyo has 34).

• One positive for Lewis: He was still able to grind out six innings and save the bullpen for the rest of the series. That could be important for the club in the coming days with two more games in this series and then three straight against the Angels.

• The Rangers attempted to start a comeback with three runs in the third (after falling behind 6-0). Three consecutive singles loaded the bases for Elvis Andrus, who walked. Josh Hamilton and Michael Young both hit sacrifice flies to score runs.

• Hamilton's home run in the fifth was a solo shot, but the two batters in front of him nearly got on. Ian Kinsler hit a long fly ball toward the gap in left-center, but Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice running catch. Andrus thought he had an infield hit on a close play. Hamilton also made a nice defensive play, sliding in foul territory to make a catch against Josh Reddick leading off the fifth.

• The Rangers appeared ready to put even more pressure on the Red Sox in the sixth. They got runners on the corners with one out against John Lackey, but Yorvit Torrealba hit a 2-2 curve right back to the mound. Lackey fell off the front of the mound to get it, but threw to second from his knees to start an inning-ending double play.

• Ian Kinsler wins the alert award for the night. The Red Sox had runners and second and third with one out and the Rangers infield in. A ground ball to Mitch Moreland caused him to go to his right and then stare the runner down at third. Kinsler immediately hustled over to the first base bag so the Rangers got the out.

• The announced attendance on Tuesday was 25,705. That was just 491 more fans than the club's attendance for a Seattle game on Aug. 9. Outside of that Seattle game, Tuesday's attendance was the lowest since May 9 against Oakland (24,375). The fact that it's the first week of school and that it was 103 degrees at first pitch may have played a part in that. But it's surprising that more folks didn't attend a game involving the Red Sox, especially with the possibility of these teams facing each other in the postseason.

• Gonzalez's big night -- 3-for-4 with a walk, two HRs, three RBIs -- put his batting average at .346, giving him a larger edge over Michael Young, who was 0-for-2 with a walk and is batting .337. Young has still hit safely in 26 of the last 31 games.

• Before Tuesday night's game, Mark Lowe had worked seven scoreless innings in his past seven games with 10 strikeouts. But he ran into trouble in the eighth. He allowed both inherited runners to score -- they were charged to Darren Oliver -- and then gave up two runs of his own thanks to two doubles off the wall in left.

Mike Napoli's 11-game hitting streak ended, but he did have two walks. Napoli hit .311 with three HRs and seven RBIs during the streak.

• Kinsler hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth. It was his 21st homer of the season and his 59th RBI.

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. John Lackey

August, 23, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this four-game set features RHP Colby Lewis and RHP John Lackey. Here's a quick look at the matchup set to start at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 FM:

Lewis (11-8, 3.83 ERA): He took a tough-luck no-decision in the Rangers' 2-1 loss on Thursday in Anaheim. Lewis pitched seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, but the Rangers lost on Mark Trumbo's two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth. ...Lewis has allowed just four runs on 12 hits in his last three starts. ...He's 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last 12 starts since June 17, dropping his ERA more than a run. ...Opponents are batting just .201 in that stretch. ...Lewis is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in nine career games against Boston. He won his only start against them this season, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings in a 12-5 Rangers victory.

Lackey (11-9, 6.02 ERA): He had six straight winning decisions (out of seven outings) before losing to Tampa Bay on Aug. 17. ...Lackey allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. ...He had a rough outing against the Rangers back on April 2, giving up nine runs on 10 hits with two homers and two walks in 3 2/3 innings in a 12-5 loss. ...The Abilene native has a .301 opponent batting average, including lefties that are hitting .322.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler (12-for-25, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs), Josh Hamilton (11-for-23, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs) , David Murphy (5-for-13) and Michael Young (32-for-89, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs) have hit well off Lackey. ...Mike Napoli is 1-for-7, but the one hit was a homer, and Elvis Andrus is 4-for-16. ...The Red Sox are hitting .211 as a team off Lewis. ...Marco Scutaro is 1-for-12 and Jason Varitek is 0-for-4. ...Adrian Gonzalez is 3-for-3 with a double.



Adrian Beltre
.325 17 67 66
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 67
RA. Beltre 66
OPSA. Beltre .876
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182