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Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox
- Texas is 29-14 (.674) against Boston since the beginning of the 2009 season -- the best win percentage of any opponent versus the Red Sox in that span.
- The Red Sox have been outscored 17-8 during their current three-game losing streak and will be looking to avoid dropping four consecutive games for the first time since ending the 2012 campaign with eight-straight losses.
- The Rangers have lost two of their last three games after winning two of their first three contests to open the season. Texas has allowed just one home run in its three wins this season compared to seven homers in its three losses.
- John Lackey is 12-15 with a 6.01 ERA in 38 career starts against Texas. His 15 losses against the Rangers are the most in his career against any opponent, while his 6.01 ERA is his highest against any team he has faced at least twice.
- Tanner Scheppers will be making his second career start after allowing seven runs, eight hits and three walks over just four innings against the Phillies in the season opener.
- Dating back to last season, Dustin Pedroia has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight games, going 16-for-37 in the process (.432). Pedroia has collected a hit in each of his last four games against Texas, while recording two doubles, one homer and three RBI in those contests.
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By CHRIS ALTRUDA
(AP) -- A little bit of tightening defensively and a lot of timely hitting got the Texas Rangers back on track. Now they seek a second straight win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday while trying to split their six-game road swing.
Texas (4-4) opened the series with a sloppy 5-1 loss Monday night, with Prince Fielder's error contributing to a three-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach. The Rangers also went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners while Fielder went 0 for 4.
Tuesday night was a different story, though, as the Rangers turned five double plays in the first six innings to help Martin Perez in their 10-7 win. Texas went 6 for 14 with runners in scoring position while banging out six doubles and one homer among their 13 hits.
The double play is "a pitcher's best friend," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They got on base, but he was able to eliminate them."
Fielder went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs to snap an 0-for-12 funk, but the slugger is still seeking his first homer since joining the Rangers. He's had some success against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, going 10 for 36 with four doubles while also striking out 10 times.
Fielder is batting .348 lifetime (23 for 66) at Fenway Park with eight doubles and five homers. He will not have Adrian Beltre protecting him in this game after the designated hitter left Tuesday's win in the sixth inning with pain in his left thigh - an injury that bothered him in spring training - and is scheduled to return to Texas ahead of the team's 10-game homestand that starts Friday.
"We just have to wait and see what Dr. Meister says," Washington told the team's official website. "We'd rather get him there sooner than later."
Peavy is hoping for a better fate after a solid season debut. The right-hander allowed a second-inning solo homer and one other run as part of a six-inning outing Friday against Milwaukee and left without a decision in Boston's 6-2 loss.
"I'm excited to pitch and build off some of the positives of the first start," Peavy told MLB.com. "Obviously you go out to give our team a chance to win. I think we all know I expect more out of myself and want to pitch deeper in the ball game. I want to give up less than two runs. That's just the way it is."
Peavy, though, has struggled against Texas, going 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts. He last faced the Rangers in 2012 while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
Shin-Soo Choo has given Peavy fits, going 9 for 21 with two homers, and Mitch Moreland is 3 for 6 with two homers.
The Red Sox (3-5) will try to regroup against Robbie Ross, who had a solid first major league start last Wednesday after spending the first two years of his career as a reliever. The Rangers bailed out the left-hander with a three-run ninth-inning rally to defeat Philadelphia after he yielded three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in five innings.
Mike Napoli and Grady Sizemore - Boston's 4-5 hitters - have combined to go 11 for 18 in this series but have totaled two runs.
Updated April 8, 2014