07/17/10 6:23 PM ET
Red Sox, Rangers catchers may play key role
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Matt Treanor, making his first start of the second half, will catch Texas starter C.J. Wilson on Sunday. Boston rookie Dusty Brown appears on track to catch All-Star Jon Lester.
"If my name is on the card, I'll go out there and do my best," Brown said.
Brown, the third catcher on the active roster, will be ready. He had a .225 average with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 52 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. He was promoted to the big league club Saturday.
Treanor, who has provided a spark off the Rangers' bench this season, is hitting .228 in 61 games.
As for Wilson, he picked up a win after not allowing a run through 6 2/3 innings in his only start against Boston this season. He surrendered three runs on three hits through just 4 2/3 innings against Baltimore in his previous outing.
"I'm a better pitcher than the result I put up today," Wilson said after the start. "I'm frustrated about that discrepancy."
Lester is looking to continue his dominance and build on his record at home. In nine Fenway starts, he is 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .203 against the All-Star lefty.
He gave up two runs in six innings against the Blue Jays in his previous outing.
Rangers: Kinsler on a roll
Ian Kinsler is riding a 10-game hitting streak. ... Elvis Andrus is 6-for-49 in his last 13 games. He is hitless in his last 25 at-bats. ... Rich Harden gave up four runs and walked two in a 4-0 loss to Iowa in his first rehab start Friday. He threw 67 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. ... Vladimir Guerrero leads the Major Leagues with 21 go-ahead RBIs. ...The Rangers are the only team in the Major Leagues to be shut out just once this season.
Red Sox: Lowell closer to return
Mike Lowell will start a Minor League rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. ... The Red Sox have dropped seven of 10, but have won 15 of their last 26 contests. ... Boston's relievers have allowed 41 homers, the most of any bullpen in the Majors. ...On Aug. 25, the Red Sox will invite children to run the bases after the 1:35 p.m. ET game against the Mariners. ... Outfielder Jeremy Hermida, on the 15-day disabled list since June 11 with fractured ribs, continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Friday night at New Britain, going 0-for-4 with an RBI.
The Red Sox are 3-7 against the Rangers this year, but have won four of the last five season series since 2005 and eight of 10 season series against Texas since '00. ... The Rangers are 5-9 in July, but have won 19 of 29 since June 12. ... Texas has had sole possession of first place for 40 consecutive days and has spent 76 total days in first place this season. ... Rangers starter Colby Lewis has gone at least five innings while throwing at least 100 pitches in all 18 starts in 2010, a club record. ... Boston's game on Aug. 1 against the Tigers will start at 1:35 p.m. ET. The game against the Yankees on Aug. 8 will be broadcast by ESPN and is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
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