Good afternoon from Texas. Here are the lineups for Opening Day:
RED SOX (0-0)
2 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
13 Carl Crawford LF
20 Kevin Youkilis 3B
28 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
34 David Ortiz DH
23 Mike Cameron RF
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
10 Marco Scutaro SS
Pitching: 31 Jon Lester LHP
5 Ian Kinsler 2B
1 Elvis Andrus SS
32 Josh Hamilton LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
10 Michael Young DH
17 Nelson Cruz RF
25 Mike Napoli 1B
8 Yorvit Torrealba C
20 Julio Borbon CF
Pitching: 36 C.J. Wilson LHP
Game time: 4:08 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN (blacked out in Boston) / WEEI 850 AM
Last year: The Sox were 89-73, seven games out in the AL East. Texas was 90-72, winning the AL West. They beat the Rays (3-2) and the Yankees (4-2) in the playoffs before losing the World Series in five games against the Giants.
Red Sox lineup vs. Wilson: Ellsbury 0-1; Pedroia 2-5; Crawford 2-12, 1 HR; Youkilis 2-7; Gonzalez 0-1; Ortiz 1-10, 4 K; Cameron 0-3, 2 K; Saltalamacchia 0-2; Scutaro 2-16, 4 K. Total: 9-57 (.158).
Rangers lineup vs. Lester: Kinsler 2-16, 3 K; Andrus 4-12; Hamilton 5-16; Beltre 4-11; Young 4-23; Cruz 4-10; Napoli 3-6; Torrealba 0-0; Borbon 1-3. Total: 23-97 (.278).
Wilson vs. the Sox: 3-1, 1.42 (13 appearances/3 starts) in his career, 3-0, 0.86 (3 starts) in 2010. 21 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 20 K
Lester vs. the Rangers: 3-1, 2.94 (7 starts) in his career, 1-1, 1.69 (3 starts) in 2010. 16 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
Sox vs. Rangers last season: The Red Sox were 4-6 against the Rangers, getting outscored 55-41. The Sox were 1-2 at Rangers Ballpark.
Terry Francona: Entering his 8th season with the Sox (654-480) and 12th season as a manager (939-843). Only five active managers (Tony La Russa 2,683, Jim Leyland 1,493, Dusty Baker 1,405, Bruce Bochy 1,274 and Mike Scioscia 981) have more victories. ... In Red Sox history, only Joe Cronin (1935-47) has managed the team longer.
Ron Washington: Entering his 5th season with the Rangers (331-317).
Connections: Adrian Beltre played for the Red Sox last season. ... Jarrod Saltalamacchia was with the Rangers from 2007 until July 31, 2010 when he was traded to the Red Sox for three minor leaguers. ... Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale was a Texas coach from 2002-05 and managed their AAA team (Oklahoma City) from 2000-01. Michael Young played for him in 2001.
Random notes: The Sox were 14-19-2 in spring training, the Rangers were 13-16-1. ... Matt Albers, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Jenks, Dennys Reyes and Dan Wheeler are in their first season with the Sox. ... The Sox are 4-3 in season openers under Francona. They have won the World Series in two of the three years they lost the opener.
Song of the day: "Don't Look Back" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
"There's nothin' to lose, it's a heartache
The deck's stacked
So put your foot to the floor, darling
Tonight we'll blow off the doors, baby
We're gonna even the score
And honey we won't look back"