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Game 97: Red Sox at Rangers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 23, 2012 04:15 PM

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RED SOX (48-48)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks C
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-4, 4.24)

RANGERS (56-38)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Beltre 3B
Young DH
Cruz RF
Napoli C
Snyder 1B
Gentry CF
Pitching: RHP Scott Feldman (3-6, 5.89)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Feldman: Sweeney 8-19 (5 extra-base hits); Shoppach 4-16,
Crawford 3-13, Aviles 4-9, Punto 1-7, Pedroia 3-6, Ellsbury 0-2, Gonzalez 0-2, Saltalamacchia 0-1.

Rangers vs. Doubront: Hamilton 2-4, Andrus 0-3, Kinsler 1-3, Cruz 2-3, Murphy 0-2, Young 13.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 10-21 against the Rangers the last four seasons, 5-11 at Rangers Ballpark.

Notes: The Sox arrive in Texas on the heels of a three-game sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays. They are 9.5 games out in the division and 3.5 games out in the wild card. ... Texas has a five-game lead on the Angels in the AL West. ... Doubront last started against Texas on July 16, 2010 at Fenway, allowing two earned runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. ... Feldman is replacing the injured Roy Oswalt (back) for the game. He has appeared in 16 games this season, 10 as a starter. He has a 6.46 ERA in those starts. Feldman has a 5.06 ERA on seven career appearances (one start) against the Sox. ... Adrian Gonzalez was named the AL Player of the Week. He was 12 of 28 (.429) with three homers and 12 RBIs. He is hitting .296 and has his OPS up to .780.

Song of the Day: "Letter To Laredo" by Joe Ely.

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