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Game 59: Rangers at Red Sox

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  June 4, 2013 03:00 PM

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RED SOX (35-23)
Nava RF
Carp LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Iglesias 3B
Bradley Jr. CF
Pitching: Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45).

RANGERS (35-21)
Andrus SS
Murphy LF
Berkman DH
Cruz RF
Moreland 1B
Pierzynski C
Baker 3B
Profar 2B
Martin CF
Pitching: Justin Grimm (5-3, 3.93).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI-FM.

Red Sox vs. Grimm: Drew 1-1.

Rangers vs. Dempster: Berkman 20-68, Pierzynski 8-25, Beltre 3-3, Baker 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Since 2009, the Rangers have gone 28-12 against the Sox, the best record of any Sox opponent over that span.

Notes: After a five-game swing through Philadelphia and New York, the Sox open up a six-game homestand with the Rangers … The Sox have a 2 ½ game lead in the AL East after taking two of three from the Yankees … The Red Sox and Rangers are tied for the AL lead with 35 wins each … The Sox have won seven of 10 … The Rangers have won six of 10 … The Rangers swept the Sox in three games in Arlington last month. The Sox were outscored 16-4 … This is the Rangers’ only trip to Boston this season … Ryan Dempster will make his first ever start against the Rangers, with whom he spent the second half of last season, going 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts … Dempster is coming off a pitcher’s duel against the Phillies Cliff Lee where he allowed just two runs on six hits through seven innings, but took the loss … Dempster hasn’t recorded a win since May 2 against Toronto … Grimm, 24, is making his first career start against the Sox … Grimm was taken by the Sox in the 13th round of the 2007 draft, but the righty decided to go to the University of Georgia … Grimm leads all AL rookies with five wins … The Red Sox are 23-13 against righthanded starters … Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre missed Sunday's game because of a left hamstring strain … Rangers rookie Jurickson Profar is hitting .324 in 10 games since being called up to replace injured 2B Ian Kinsler. Profar has 12 hits, 6 RBIs and 2 HR … Jose Iglesias has reached base in 15 of 16 games this season.

Song of the Day: "4" by Gold Panda.

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