Texas Rangers: Josh Beckett

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Josh Beckett

August, 8, 2012
8/08/12
9:30
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The final game of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park features left-handed starter Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17 ERA) and right-handed hurler Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54 ERA). The game starts at 12:35 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW, and we will be chatting live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Addison. You're welcome to stop by and say hello.

Harrison (13-6, 3.17 ERA): The 26-year-old lefty is making his 22nd start of the season and he does so after compiling a consistent run of starts. ... Harrison is 9-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his last 13 starts, dropping his ERA from a season-high 5.21 to 3.17, eighth-lowest in the AL. ... He gave up two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Royals on Friday. ... He leads the majors in road wins with a 9-3 mark and is 24-12 in his career on the road, the second-highest road winning percentage in the majors (.667) since the start of the 2008 season. ... All three of Harrison's complete games have come on the road. ... He was AL pitcher of the month in June, going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. ... Harrison is 3-1 with a 6.10 ERA in seven games (five starts) in his career vs. Boston, the third-highest ERA against any opponent.

Beckett (5-9, 4.54 ERA): Was pushed back from his last start after experiencing back spasms but is ready to go. ... He has one quality start in his last five outings and was 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in July. ... Beckett has just one win in his last 10 starts, dating to late May. ... He has made two starts against Texas in 2012 and lost them both, allowing seven runs in 14 innings on 16 hits. ... He is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 career starts vs. the Rangers.

Hitters: Current Boston hitters are 21-for-91 (.231) against Harrison. ... Mike Aviles (1-for-13), Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-8) and Dustin Pedroia (3-for-13) have struggled against Harrison. ... Carl Crawford is 4-for-11 with four RBIs. ... Texas batters are hitting .262 off Beckett with Josh Hamilton (8-for-20, 2 HR, 7 RBIs) and David Murphy (5-for-12). ... Michael Young is batting .214 (6-for-28) in his career against Beckett.
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday afternoon that pitcher Josh Beckett will start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers in a matinee game at Fenway Park.

The right-hander played long toss in the outfield earlier Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday in preparation for his next start.

"Great. He really felt good today," Valentine said.

Beckett was removed from Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers with two outs in the top of the third inning after suffering back spasms while pitching on a wet mound at Fenway. He was skipped from his scheduled start on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, with left-hander Franklin Morales getting the nod.

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Source: Rangers eye Josh Beckett

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
7:57
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BOSTON -- The Texas Rangers have not closed the door on a possible deal for Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, according to a major league source, although the Red Sox have maintained they're not looking to move him and a rival general manager estimated there was a "2 percent chance" of a deal getting done.

"Too much money involved, and Beckett isn't pitching that well," the GM said.

Beckett, who is scheduled to pitch at Fenway Park on Tuesday night against the Tigers, declined to address his situation before the game.

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Deadline talk: Starters, relievers, bats

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
10:55
AM CT


The trade deadline is getting closer. Will the Rangers have a new player or two on the roster by Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT? Let's take a look at a few things to watch as things wind down:

* Starting pitchers. The club would still like one, but the question is whether there's a viable option out there. The market has thinned in recent days. The price has been high on Miami Marlins' Josh Johnson, who didn't help his stock with his performance on Sunday (two runs allowed, but six walks in five innings vs. Padres). Tampa Bay is right in the hunt and may not want to move James Shields, who also has a club-friendly contract. Matt Garza is still out there, but with a triceps issue and the fact that he's not pitching before the trade deadline, do you want to take a chance on him?

Reports have surfaced, including this one from our buddy Gordon Edes from ESPNBoston.com, that that Red Sox are shopping Josh Beckett. They are calling teams they feel would be interested, including Texas. Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts this season and is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday. He has 10-5 rights, but several reports said it's believed he would waive those rights to come to Texas. The biggest issue may be money. With Beckett not pitching particularly well this season, it's likely that any team that consider Beckett would only do so at a big discount. That means Boston taking a good portion of the remaining dollars left on his contract. He's making $15.75 million this season, $15.75 million next year and $15.75 million in 2014.

It certainly seems like a longshot, but you never know.

* Relievers. The club has turned its attention more toward bullpen help in the past day or two as the starting market has dwindled a bit. They've shown interest in Jonathan Broxton and Rafael Betancourt with the idea that they could strengthen the bullpen and possibly move Alexi Ogando to the rotation.

* Bats. We saw last year how critical a bench can be down the stretch and in the postseason. That's especially true if the Rangers get back to the World Series. They could use a right-handed bat. Of course, with the Rangers' offense scuffling a bit, maybe a bat of any kind could provide a spark.

So stay tuned.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Josh Beckett

July, 25, 2012
7/25/12
3:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox wrap up a three-game series Wednesday with LHP Derek Holland taking on RHP Josh Beckett at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Holland (6-5, 4.84): The 25-year-old will make his 15th start and 16th appearance of the season. ... It will be his fourth start since returning from the disabled list July 7. ... He is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in his last three starts. ... Despite spending a month on the DL, he is tied for third on the team in wins and is fourth in strikeouts with 67. ... Suffered a loss in his last start in Anaheim on Friday, giving up six runs off nine hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. ... Holds a 8-3 record with a 3.59 ERA in 16 career games (13 starts) in July. ... He has not allowed more than two walks in eight consecutive starts. ... Is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts against Boston. ... He has won three straight games against the Red Sox, dating to 2009. ... Gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings in the Rangers' 6-3 win in Boston on April 18.

Beckett (5-8, 4.53): The 32-year-old is slated to make his 17th start of the season. ... He is coming off a loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 20, where he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. ... He is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in nine career starts against Texas. ... Picked up a loss in his lone outing against the Rangers this season. He gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work on April 18. ... Boasts a 3-1 career record with a 3.48 ERA in five career starts (all since 2006) at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It is the fourth-best ERA for visiting starters (minimum five starts) at Rangers Ballpark during that same time frame. ... He has allowed one run or less in three of those five starts in Texas.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 41-for-153 against Beckett. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Michael Young is 4-for-24 (.167) with a home run and three RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 5-for-26 (.192) with a double and 10 strikeouts. ... Current Red Sox are 16-for-78 against Holland. ... Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double. ... Adrian Gonzalez is 1-for-9 (.111) with three strikeouts. ... Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-11 (.091) with an RBI.

Up Next:

Fri. vs. White Sox: RHP Yu Darvish (11-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.37), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. White Sox: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. RHP Philip Humber (4-5, 6.25), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. vs. White Sox: Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
9:29
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The Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, on Wednesday night to complete the two-game sweep and extend their winning streak to six games. The win also means the Rangers have won all five of their road games. They are now 10-2 on the season, while the Red Sox drop to 4-8. Former Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch hit in the ninth and lined into a double play to first baseman Brandon Snyder to end the game.

Just the beginning: The 10-2 record matches Bobby Valentine’s 1989 Rangers for the best 12-game start in Rangers history.

Road comforts: The Rangers' five wins to begin the road schedule are one shy of the most wins the Rangers have ever recorded to start a season away from home. They won their first six in 1989.

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Leading off: Ian Kinsler led off the ninth inning with a single. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games against the Red Sox.

The Natural: Josh Hamilton began the day leading the American League with a .413 batting average, and he boosted that average to .440. He singled the opposite way to left field in the first inning. He has hit safely in 11 of 12 games this season. Hamilton added an infield RBI single in the third off Josh Beckett for his 12th RBI of the season. Hamilton also singled in the eighth. In the field, Hamilton added a couple nice catches. He walked in the ninth and for the first time this season in his 52nd plate appearance.

Caught up: Catcher Mike Napoli gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the fourth with a two-run home run. He has hit four home runs in the last three games. He has hit more home runs against the Red Sox (14) than any other opponent in his career and has seven at Fenway Park. Napoli added two more RBIs with a bases-loaded double in the eighth to make it 6-2.

Starting rotation: The Rangers have never had a starting rotation win their first eight decisions of the season…until now. Derek Holland pitched seven innings, gave up four hits, two runs (both earned), walked three and struck out seven. He worked out of trouble in the first, fifth and seventh innings to improve to 2-0.

Dutch: Holland gave up a home run to a right-handed hitter for the first time this season. Kevin Youklis, who struck out four times Tuesday, hit the round-tripper. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Youkilis hit his first home run since last August 14 in the second inning vs. the Rangers. Last year, Holland gave up 19 home runs to righties and just three to lefties.

Dutch treat: Holland picked off his second baserunner of the season. He erased the lead-off single from Mike Aviles in the third.

On this date in 2009: The Rangers purchased the contract of Holland from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Backing out: Michael Young was not in the starting lineup due to stiffness in his back, but he was available to pinch hit.

Back in: Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup after missing three games coping with an abscessed tooth. He was the designated hitter and finished 0-for-3 with a walk.

Texan-powered battery: The Red Sox's battery featured a couple native Texans. RHP Josh Beckett of Spring, Texas, pitched seven innings and struck out seven Rangers. Beckett dropped to 1-2. Catcher Kelly Shoppach of Fort Worth and Baylor University reached with a walk and double.

Free pass: In the top of the eighth inning, Adrian Beltre was the first Ranger to draw an intentional walk this season. Later in the inning, Moreland drew another intentional pass.

In a pinch: Craig Gentry pinch hit for former Red Sox first-round pick David Murphy in the eighth. Gentry was hit in the foot by a Franklin Morales pitch to drive in a run with the bases loaded. That gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Josh Beckett

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
2:30
PM CT


The second game of this two-game series features LHP Derek Holland against RHP Josh Beckett. The game is on ESPN2 and can be heard on KSKY 660 AM at 6 p.m. A brief look at the matchup:

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Derek Holland (1-0, 3.38): The lefty was not happy with his three walks in his opening start and did something about it in his last start. ... He went 7 1/3 innings, the deepest of any Rangers starter in the opening homestand, and allowed two runs on five hits with no walks against the Seattle Mariners last week. ... He had eight strikeouts and had all of his pitches working. ... Holland had walked three and gave up three runs in his first start but still got the quality start after getting through six innings. ... He is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three career starts against Boston, including his last start on Sept. 2, 2011, at Fenway Park. Holland pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits in the win.

Josh Beckett (1-1, 5.68): The Spring, Texas, native looked a lot more like the guy that had a 2.89 ERA a year ago in his last start, going eight innings against Tampa Bay. Beckett allowed one run on five hits with a walk and a strikeout, earning his first win of 2012. ... The outing came after Beckett gave up seven runs on seven hits in his first start in just 4 2/3 innings against Detroit. ... In eight career starts, Beckett is 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA in 48 1/3 innings against Texas.

Hitters: Josh Hamilton is 6-for-14 (.429) with two homers and six RBIs off Beckett. ... Yorvit Torrealba has also hit well against Beckett, going 4-for-10. ... Mike Napoli (2-for-12), Michael Young (4-for-24) and Adrian Beltre (4-for-23 with 10 strikeouts) haven't fared as well. ... Nick Punto is 3-for-5 off Holland and the only current Red Sox player to homer off him. ... Dustin Pedroia (1-for-8) and Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-6) have struggled off Holland.

Up Next

  • Thursday at Detroit, 6:05 p.m. (FSSW, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM): RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 4.76 vs. LHP Adam Wilk (0-1, 3.60)
  • Friday at Detroit, 6:05 p.m. (Ch. 21, KSKY 660 AM): LHP Matt Harrison (2-0, 0.64) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.84)
  • Saturday at Detroit, 12:05 p.m. (FSSW, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM): RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.13)
  • Sunday at Detroit, 12:05 p.m. (FSSW, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM): RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 1.83) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 0.90)

Mound matchup: Harrison vs. Beckett

April, 21, 2010
4/21/10
1:00
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BOSTON -- The second game of this three-game set features LHP Matt Harrison against RHP Josh Beckett. Let's take a look:

Harrison (0-1, 1.38 ERA): Harrison, 24, is trying to become the first Rangers member of the opening-season rotation to allow one earned run or less in the first three starts of the season. He gave up one earned run in each of his first two outings, including one in a loss to the Indians on Thursday. Harrison pitched well, allowing one earned run (three total) on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 7 innings. A three-run homer by Shin-Soo Choo turned a 2-0 Rangers lead into a 3-2 deficit. Harrison has quality starts in this first two outings as well. He won his only career start against the Red Sox, beating Tim Wakefield on Sept. 6, 2008 in Arlington. Today is his first outing at Fenway Park.

Beckett (1-0, 3.86 ERA): Beckett gave up an unearned run in seven innings in his last outing (against Tampa Bay), but did not get a decision in a 3-1 loss in 12 innings. Beckett has gone seven innings in each of his first two starts, allowing three earned runs total. He has 12 strikeouts and just two walks in that stretch. Beckett is making his sixth career start against Texas. His last start versus Rangers was July 21, 2009 at Texas. He went eight innings and gave up four runs with one walk and seven strikeouts, but got the loss. Boston has won 14 of his last 18 starts at Fenway Park and Beckett is 10-1 with a 3.62 ERA in that span.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 4-for-10 with a homer against Harrison. Mike Lowell is 2-for-3. Beckett hasn't faced too many of the Rangers' hitters very often, but the ones he has haven't fared great against him. Michael Young is 2-for-16 and Vladimir Guerrero is 8-for-33.

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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