Red Sox visit the Rangers to start 3-game series
Boston Red Sox (11-20, fifth in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (13-17, fourth in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (0-4, 6.07 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 29 strikeouts); Rangers: Dane Dunning (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 31 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rangers -115, Red Sox -105; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers begin a three-game series at home against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
Texas has gone 6-10 in home games and 13-17 overall. The Rangers have gone 1-5 in games decided by one run.
Boston is 11-20 overall and 4-9 at home. The Red Sox are 5-14 in games when they have given up a home run.
Friday’s game is the first time these teams meet this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Corey Seager has a double, seven home runs and 15 RBI for the Rangers. Brad Miller is 7-for-20 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.
Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with five home runs while slugging .508. J.D. Martinez is 13-for-40 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 7-3, .213 batting average, 2.02 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Red Sox: 2-8, .235 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
INJURIES: Rangers: Mitch Garver: 10-Day IL (flexor strain), Jon Gray: day-to-day (knee), Albert Abreu: 15-Day IL (ankle), Jose Leclerc: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jonathan Hernandez: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Red Sox: Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (intercostal), Rich Hill: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Chris Sale: 60-Day IL (rib), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)