|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBIt's game 2 tonight of this three game set involving the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The first pitch at iconic Fenway Park is scheduled to be thrown at 7:10ET.
Before last nights first pitch, Boston GM Ben Cherington voiced his support for Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine saying he should not be blamed for the teams poor showing thus far this year. Perhaps the confidence in Valentine expressed by Boston management carried over to the field as the Red Sox emerged victorious 9-2.
Of course the 8 doubles hit by Boston had a lot to do with it as well. Dustin Pedroia had 3 of them and Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury 2 each. Adrian Gonzales only had one double, but went 3 for 5 contributing 3 RBI's. The first 5 hitters in the Red Sox order hit a combined .545 in the game. Pitcher, Aaron Cook gave Boston 7 solid innings allowing just one run on six hits.
Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 for the Rangers who played without Elvis Andrus, but Andrus is expected to return to action tonight. Yu Darvish continued to struggle on the mound for Texas, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits in six and two thirds innings of work.
Texas (63-45) still lead the Angels by 5 games in the AL West. They are 5-5 in their last ten and 29-24 away from the Lone Star state.
Boston (55-55) have played around .500 ball the majority of the season. They are 9 games behind the first place Yankees and one game from dropping into the AL East cellar. They have won 6 of their last 10, but are a poor 29-32 at home in Beantown.
Righthander, Ryan Dempster will make his second start for the Rangers after being acquired from the Cubs mere minutes prior to the trade deadline last week. His first attempt for Texas was an ugly one when he allowed the L.A. Angels 8 runs on 9 hits in just four and two thirds innings last Thursday. For those of you counting, thats a 15.43ERA. He was 5-5 for the Cubbies previously, posting a 2.25 ERA.
Southpaw Jon Lester (5-9, 5.36 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox.
Boston is a home favorite from Betroyal.com sportsbook at -$115, while Texas is a -$105. The over/under is 9.5 runs on a $115/$100 moneyline.