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The Red Sox return home from a 4-5 road trip and hope to open a four-game series with the Texas Rangers tonight with Tim Wakefield scheduled to take the hill.

The game is on for now, but there’s more rain in the forecast as the National Weather Service is calling for periods of showers in Boston, mainly before midnight. The rain could be heavy at times and the chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

The two teams are already scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader tomorrow as the first game is the make up of a May 13 rainout at Fenway. The Sox-Rangers were rained out on May 14 as well, and that game will be made up on Thursday afternoon, July 20.


Tonight’s lineups, courtesy of the Globe’s Chris Gasper:

Red Sox
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
8. Alex Cora, SS
9. Doug Mirabelli, C
— Tim Wakefield, SP

1. Gary Matthews, CF
2. Michael Young, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Hank Blalock, 3B
5. Kevin Mench, LF
6. Mark DeRosa, RF
7. Brad Wilkerson, DH
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Ian Kinsler, 2B
— Vicente Padilla, SP

A couple of tidbits from the Red Sox daily game notes:

Tonight’s starter: Tim Wakefield, who has lost three of his last four starts, takes the ball for the second time against the Rangers this season. Wake allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings in his 2006 debut April 4 in Texas. The Sox knuckleballer has received the lowest run support of any qualifying starting pitcher in the majors, averaging 3.26 runs of support while he is in the game.

Saving grace: Jonathan Papelbon leads the majors with 20 saves in 20 chances. Dick Radatz owns Boston’s rookie saves record with 24 in 1962. Papelbon has worked 12 2/3 scoreless innings in 13 games since issuing his only run of the season on May 3 versus Toronto.

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