Final
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Surging Red Sox take on Rangers

Sep 6, 2008 - 10:26 AM Boston (83-57) at Texas (69-73) 8:05 p.m. EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox are starting to get healthy at the right time - with a second straight division title fully within reach.

The defending champions brought three key players off the disabled list on Friday - starting pitcher Josh Beckett, third baseman Mike Lowell and first baseman Sean Casey - and it paid immediate dividends as the club pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays (85-54). Beckett threw five shutout innings and Lowell homered as the Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-1. On Saturday, the teams will meet again.

Boston will get one more piece of good news, as first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been battling back spasms, is expected to return to the lineup.

The Red Sox have won four straight and, thanks to three losses in four games for the Rays, have quickly closed the gap.

Taking the hill for Boston will be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (8-9, 3.76 ERA), who is coming off a tough loss in his last start. He gave up three runs and six hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He's had trouble with the Rangers during his career, going 10-14 with a hefty 5.66 ERA in 32 appearances, including 25 starts.

Rookie lefthander Matt Harrison (6-3, 5.73) will counter for Texas. The 6-4, 225-pounder helped the Red Sox out on August 16, as he held the Rays to three hits over eight innings, striking out eight in a 3-0 Rangers win.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 13 0
    TEXAS 0 7 2 0 1 3 0 2 x 15 16 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - TIM WAKEFIELD, CHRIS SMITH (2ND), JAVIER LOPEZ (4TH), MIKE
    TIMLIN (5TH), DAVID PAULEY (7TH) AND KEVIN CASH, DAVID ROSS
    (7TH)
    TEX - MATT HARRISON, KAMERON LOE

    Sep 6 11:16 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF BAILEY SCORED MARK KOTSAY.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J BAILEY ON FIRST, S CASEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 8
    TEXAS 15 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J BAY (.304, 1-FOR-4)

    Red Sox 8, Rangers 15  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 6 11:05 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SEAN CASEY SCORED DAVID ROSS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S CASEY ON FIRST, M KOTSAY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 7
    TEXAS 15 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J BAILEY (.281, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 7, Rangers 15  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 6 11:00 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK KOTSAY SCORED JED LOWRIE AND COCO CRISP.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M KOTSAY ON FIRST, D ROSS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 6
    TEXAS 15 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A CORA (.296, 0 HR, 8 RBI)

    Red Sox 6, Rangers 15  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 6 10:55 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED GERALD LAIRD AND CHRIS DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    TEXAS 15 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.236, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 15  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 6 10:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GERALD LAIRD SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    TEXAS 13 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C DAVIS (.278, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 6 10:05 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    TEXAS 12 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.269, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 6 10:00 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED BRANDON BOGGS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    TEXAS 11 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.302, 1-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 6 9:58 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF MIKE TIMLIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4, TEXAS 10
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.231, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 6 9:43 PM
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    Red Sox 4, Rangers 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 6 9:38 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF CHRIS SMITH SCORED CHRIS DAVIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4, TEXAS 9
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.233, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 9  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 6 9:12 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY KEVIN YOUKILIS (25) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF MATT HARRISON SCORED DUSTIN PEDROIA AND
    DAVID ORTIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4, TEXAS 7
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J BAY (.311, 1-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 7  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 6 9:03 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANK BLALOCK SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, H BLALOCK ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.286, 1-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:49 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED FRANK CATALANOTTO AND
    BRANDON BOGGS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.267, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 6  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:48 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED GERMAN DURAN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, B BOGGS ON SECOND, F
    CATALANOTTO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:47 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BRANDON BOGGS SCORED NELSON CRUZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B BOGGS ON FIRST, F CATALANOTTO ON SECOND, G
    DURAN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.284, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:44 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GERMAN DURAN SCORED CHRIS DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G DURAN ON FIRST, N CRUZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: F CATALANOTTO (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:40 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHRIS DAVIS SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DAVIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.256, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:36 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JED LOWRIE SCORED JASON BAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LOWRIE ON FIRST, M LOWELL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: C CRISP (.277, 7 HR, 38 RBI)

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 6 8:26 PM
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    Red Sox vs. RangersSep 6 12:12 PM