Jake Peavy will take the mound tonight in hopes to defeat the Rangers on their final three-game series tonight at Fenway Park. This will be Peavy’s fifth career start against the Rangers. He is currently 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA. The Red Sox are still playing around with their batting lineups in search for their lead-off go to guy. (more)
Fenway has yet to see an impressive start to this season. The Boston Red Sox are now 3-5 and 1-4 at Fenway Park. Once they get the ball rolling (or out of the park), then we will see a much more familiar team, but it’s still early and they are still trying to figure things out. Despite the loss, the Boston Red Sox were able to make a hopeful comeback late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to win. (more)
The Boston Red Sox will host the Texas Rangers this week. After the first week of the regular season the Red Sox are 2-4 and the Texas Rangers are 3-3. John Lackey (1-0) will take the mound tonight and face Tanner Scheppers, who will be making his second career start. (more)
Manny Ramirez made his return to the United States after playing professional baseball in Taiwan. On July 3rd, Ramirez signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers, and he has been playing very well since. (more)
The New York Yankees currently rank on top in the AL East with a commanding four-game lead over the Boston Red Sox at 90-58. The 86-62 Sox still have 12 games left on the schedule to catch their longtime rivals before the start of the 2011 post-season. (more)
Red Sox manager Terry Francona just recently gave Jon Lackey the nod to start on the mound in Boston’s Opening contest April 1st in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Lester didn’t have his most productive showing in his latest Spring Training outing, allowing eight hits and three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. “The first inning was a little rough. I left some balls up,” he said. “I made the adjustment the second through fourth innings. Then it got away from me a little in the fifth.”
C.J. Wilson is set to start for the Rangers, marking his first opening day appearance as well. Lester has earned a 61-25 career record and 3.55 ERA in five years with the Red Sox. In 2010 he racked up 19 wins with a 3.55 ERA and 225 strikeouts. “I think he deserves it,” Francona said. “I think he kinda has that station in the game now where other teams probably look at him as No. 1.” Purchase your regular season Boston Red Sox tickets right here at Ace!
Late Monday night, free agent pitcher Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies reached an agreement on a five-year, $120 million contract. The deal is said to also include a vesting option for a sixth year. In a move that can arguably be considered the biggest surprise of the free agent period, Lee reportedly turned down the New York Yankees six-year, $132 million offer, with a player option for a seventh year at an additional $16 million. The Yankees had been considered the favorite to land this year’s most coveted pitcher, especially after the Boston Red Sox made news last week by signing Carl Crawford and trading for Adrian Gonzalez.
Early Monday, news had broke that a third “mystery team” had entered the Lee sweepstakes, along with the Yankees and Lee’s former team, the Texas Rangers, but it was unknown who this team was or if it was just a ploy by Lee’s camp to attempt to drive up the offers. As it turned out, that mystery team was Philadelphia, the team Lee pitched for in the World Series in 2009 before being traded to Seattle to make room for Roy Halladay.
Perhaps Philadelphia should have been considered a favorite all along, as Lee and his wife, Kristen, grew to love the city during his short time there. When news broke that he was traded, a Phillies executive said the couple was “heartbroken” over the move. Now after one year, two teams, and another World Series appearance, they appear to be back where they wanted to be all along. (more)
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton collected 22 of 28 possible first-place votes to win his first American League Most Valuable Player award. After leaving the game of baseball from 2003-2005 with drug and alcohol problems, Hamilton has since corrected his mistakes while leading the Rangers to their first ever AL Pennant last season. “It’s awesome, everybody makes mistakes in their lives and everybody deserves a second chance,” said teammate David Murphy. “A lot of people don’t take advantage of that second chance. But he took it and he ran with it.”
Hamilton batted .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBI’s this season. “It’s an absolutely great honor,” Hamilton said on a conference call Tuesday. “There’s a lot of players in the league qualified to get this accomplishment — this award speaks volumes. To be voted on by the writers, I really appreciate that.” Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera finished second in the voting with five first-place votes and 262 points. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano ranked third with 229 points. More MLB offseason updates to come!
Matt Cain pitched seven shutout innings as Edgar Renteria notched two hits and three RBI’s to lead their San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series yesterday at AT&T Park. Renteria scored first with a solo shot to left in the fifth inning. The score was 2-0 heading into the 7th when the Giants batted around for an additional seven runs. “We’ve put ourselves in a good situation,” said Cain. “We’ve just got to take that confidence and some of the good approaches that we’ve had into these last two games and take them down to Texas with us.”
Rangers Ballpark is scheduled to host the next three games starting Saturday at 7:00 PM. The Rangers look forward to their turn at home advantage and remain optimistic despite their recent struggles. “We certainly don’t feel like we’re defeated. We’re heading home,” said manager Ron Washington. “They took care of us in their ballpark; now we’re headed to ours.” Texas will send Tommy Hunter to the mound for Game 3 to go against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Purchase your World Series tickets here at AceTicket.com!