04/21/10 2:26 AM ET
Rangers set to face revived Red Sox
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
So with one streak stopped and another extended, the two teams meet again Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set wondering what all that means in the wake of a wild night at Fenway.
"Everyone was involved and there's a lot of enthusiasm," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, whose club snapped a five-game losing streak. "Again, the way the game started, to hear the music downstairs and see those guys' faces after the game, that was important. Now, we need to make that ... catapult us. We need to show up tomorrow and still play better."
The Red Sox will lean on ace right-hander Josh Beckett as they try to do that, and the Rangers need lefty Matt Harrison to play the stopper role, heading in with five-game losing skid.
Harrison and fellow lefty C.J. Wilson, the starter in Thursday's series finale, are a combined 0-2 with a 1.73 ERA in their four starts, and Texas is 0-4 in those starts.
"We're due for a couple of breakout games from those guys," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Rangers: Running with reckless abandonIn setting a franchise record with nine steals Tuesday night, also the most swiped by an opponent at Fenway Park, the Rangers racked up another club record with five in the third inning. This isn't a new trend, either. Texas has been successful on each of its past 29 steal attempts against Boston since Chris Davis was caught Aug. 14, 2008, at Fenway Park.
Red Sox: McDonald makes memorable impression
McDonald made his Boston debut a memorable one, becoming the first Red Sox batter to homer in his first at-bat with the club since Orlando Cabrera did it Aug. 1, 2004, at Minnesota. McDonald became the first to do so as a pinch-hitter since Curtis Pride on Sept. 19, 1997, vs. the White Sox. Not only that, but McDonald's game-winning single was his first career walk-off hit after previous stints with the Orioles, Twins and Reds.
The Rangers have had 28 left-handers earn a decision at Fenway Park, and those southpaws are 19-30 combined.
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