Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell celebrate on Friday. (AP)
By Shawn Stroyer / MLB.com
Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were clearly happy -- and ready -- to return to the Red Sox in the opener against the Rangers, taking care of their hosts from the mound and with the bat to gain ground in the American League East. Beckett struck out seven, while Lowell drove in four.
BATTING TB: Hamilton; Bradley; Arias; Blalock; Cruz, N; Laird. RBI: Cruz,
N (4). 2-out RBI: Cruz, N. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock;
Young, M; Laird. GIDP: Young, M. Team RISP: 1-for-5. Team LOB: 7.
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