MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Boston4 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 12140
Texas4 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 10152
  W: E. Rodriguez (19-6)   L: A. Jurado (7-11)   S: B. Workman (16)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, September 24, 2019
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 23,341

Rangers open ballpark's last homestand vs. Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers

  1. The Red Sox and Rangers split four games at Fenway Park in June. Boston has won the last three meetings in Texas and hasn't won four straight there since a five-game run spanning 2007-08.
  2. The Red Sox have gone 13-for-40 (.325) with runners in scoring position in their last five games, and their .294 average with men in scoring position since the All-Star break is the third-highest mark in MLB.
  3. J.D. Martinez has a 1.378 OPS against left-handers this season and a .797 OPS vs. right-handers. That difference of .581 from facing lefties to righties is the highest in MLB among batting qualifiers. The Rangers are slated to start southpaws in the final two games of this series.
  4. Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez goes in the opener after allowing an unearned run over six innings to beat the Giants last Thursday for his 18th win. Rodriguez, who has allowed one run or less in six of his last seven starts, is looking to become the first Red Sox lefty with 19 wins since Jon Lester in 2010.
  5. Mike Minor takes the ball for Texas in Thursday's finale after surrendering six runs in five innings in last Friday's 8-0 loss at Oakland. He has a 4.90 ERA since the All-Star Game after going into the break with a 2.54 ERA. That difference of 2.36 is the largest decrease in MLB among ERA qualifiers.
  6. Rougned Odor is just 2-for-22 in his last six games, dropping his average to .202, the lowest among all batting qualifiers. However, he has reached base safely in 13 straight games against Boston -- his longest active on-base streak against any team -- and is batting .311 in 19 games against the Red Sox since 2016.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

The Texas Rangers kick off their final homestand at Globe Life Park when they welcome the Boston Red Sox for the start of a three-game series Tuesday night.

The Rangers (75-81) will conclude their season with three games against the New York Yankees over the weekend before moving across the street to a new facility next year, Globe Life Field. The change marks the end of an era for Texas, which has played at its current ballpark since 1994.

Rangers right-hander Edinson Volquez (0-1, 5.02 ERA) will kick off the series opposite Boston southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (18-6, 3.53).

The Red Sox come in having lost three of four on the road to the Tampa Bay Rays, including a 7-4 setback in Monday's finale. Despite the poor results, manager Alex Cora was impressed by his team's play during the series, which included two 11-inning defeats. Boston even had the tying run at the plate during the ninth inning Monday.

"I like the fact that we're going out there and competing," Cora said. "I do feel we're playing until the finish line, and that's what you want."

Despite being eliminated from postseason contention, the Red Sox (81-75) are expecting to go all out Tuesday in support of Rodriguez's bid for his first 20-win season. The left-hander has a 1.00 ERA over his past seven starts as he also pursues 200 strikeouts (currently at 199) and 200 innings (currently at 191 1/3) for the first time in his career.

"If you win 20, you did a lot of good things," Cora said. "I think 200 innings is more important to him than anything else. I think it's a good number. If he gets a chance to do it, we'll push for it."

Rodriguez was masterful his last time out, allowing only an unearned run on two hits and striking out 10 over six innings against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. He is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

Texas, which was off Monday, ended a seven-game skid when it beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 in the finale of a five-game road trip Sunday. The Rangers slugged five homers in the contest, tying their season high, accomplished three other times.

"We needed that one," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "Walking around the clubhouse and talking to guys, I didn't sense anybody with their heads down. They were just maybe frustrated because nobody likes losing, and they were like, 'What do we have to do to win a game?'"

Texas is 42-33 at home this season. The Rangers and Red Sox split when they met during a four-game series in Boston back in June.

Volquez is expected to open for the Rangers ahead of fellow righty Ariel Jurado, who has produced a 9.23 ERA across his past seven outings, including four starts. Jurado (7-10, 5.73 ERA) faced the Red Sox for the first time earlier this season, when he allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in a 9-5 win.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2019

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