Final: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

Game over: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

Feliz took care of the Sox in the ninth. This one is on Daniel Bard and Jon Lester as the two best arms on the team gave up nine runs on 10 hits. That doesn’t happen often.

Top of the 9th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

Yikes. Daniel Bard exploded. Napoli walked with one out. Torrealba singled before pinch hitter David Murphy doubled to left, driving in two runs. Andrus had an RBI double with two outs and Hamilton knocked in another with a single, forcing Wakefield into the game.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 5


With two outs, David Ortiz belted a solo homer to center off lefty Darren Oliver. No. 350 for him. Now Daniel Bard comes in.

Top of the 8th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

Albers got an out before Dennys Reyes was called in to face Josh Hamilton. He walked him on four pitches. Wheeler came in and got Beltre to pop to right and Young on a force play as Pedroia made a great play on a ball up the middle and flipped to Scutaro covering the bag.

Middle of the 7th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

Lester was done after 5.1 innings and 88 pitches. Albers came in with two runners on and held the Rangers down. Arthur Rhodes, who is 106, started the seventh for Texas. Ellsbury walked and took second on a wild pitch. But Pedroia popped to right and Crawford struck out for the third time. He is 0 for 4 and has left five runners on base, four in scoring position.

Middle of the 6th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

Wilson is done after 5.2 innings and 109 pitches. He allowed four runs, two earned. The Sox have two innings to try and get something done before dealing with Neftali Feliz.

Top of the 6th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

Ellsbury (2 or 3) singled and stole second. But Crawford struck out (he’s 0 for 3) and Youkilis lined to left. He hit the ball on the button but Cruz tracked it down.


Lester looks out of sorts. He hit Borbon and Andrus in the bottom of the fifth but escaped damage. He has thrown 75 pitches. Wilson is at 92 pitches and this inning could be it for him.

Top of the 5th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

Jon Lester has kicked away another lead. Singles by Beltre and Cruz came ahead of a three-run homer by Napoli to left field. This is the first time Lester has allowed three home runs in a game.

His line so far: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Rangers 2

1-2-3 inning for Lester, his first. He has thrown 46 pitches.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Rangers 2

Ellsbury doubled with one out and took third on a single by Pedroia. Crawford struck out before Wilson pitched carefully to Youkilis and walked him.

Gonzalez lined a 3-2 pitch to center to drive in two runs. Ortiz grounded into the shift to end the inning. But only after Gonzalez stole the second base of his career.

Gonzo is 2 for 2 with three RBIs so far. Seems like a pretty good trade.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 2

Cruz took a 90-mph Lester fastball just over the wall in left with one out. Napoli was then called out for interference for running inside the base line. Torrealba grounded to third.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1

Wilson recovered as he retired the side in order, fanning Cameron and Salty.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1


Kinsler hit the second pitch of the game deep into the stands in left. Youkilis then bobbled a grounder off the bat of Andrus. But Hamilton grounded into a double play and Beltre grounded to second.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0

Ellsbury hit a routine fly ball to right center. Cruz had it lined up when Borbon ran into him and the ball dropped. With two outs. Youkilis lined a double into the corner in right, proving yet again that spring training statistics are meaningless.

Gonzalez then dumped an RBI single into right. He tried to second on the throw home and was thrown out to end the inning.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0

First pitch of the 2011 season at 4:10 p.m. It was 90 degrees at first pitch. Here’s hoping we all enjoy the season.

Pre-game: Red Sox at Rangers

Charlie Hough just threw out the first pitch. A B-52 did a flyover as the national anthem ended and there was a giant flag the shape of the United States on the field. They don’t mess around in Texas.

Beautiful day here as Jon Lester and C.J. Wilson get warmed up. Hang out here for updates and as always, we encourage your comments.

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