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Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 06-13-2019 in MLB


David Price has come up big in some pressure-packed spots this season and will look to help the Boston Red Sox salvage a series split against the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game set. Price and Boston will be up against one of the hottest pitchers in the game in right-hander Adrian Sampson, who has won five consecutive starts.

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Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi was ejected from Tuesday's loss, bringing an end to an eight-game hitting streak, but he collected two doubles and a triple with a pair of RBIs in Wednesday's 4-3 victory. Rafael Devers, who ended an 0-for-19 rut with a two-run triple Tuesday, was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single Wednesday to tie Xander Bogaerts for the team lead with 43 RBIs. Hunter Pence had his second straight two-RBI performance and extended his hitting streak to four games with a two-run double for Texas, which lost for only the fifth time in 16 contests. Elvis Andrus also has hit safely in four straight after collecting multiple hits for the fifth time in the last nine games.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Texas), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Adrian Sampson (5-3, 3.72 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (4-2, 2.70)

Sampson fell to 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA after he was pounded for six runs in 3 1/3 innings at Houston on May 12, leaving him winless in his first 15 major league appearances. The 27-year-old has since made a dramatic turnaround, going 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his next five outings after tossing a complete game versus Oakland on Saturday, permitting one run on four hits while striking out seven. Sampson lost his major league debut versus Boston while with Seattle in June 2016, giving up four runs and two homers in 4 2/3 innings.

Price matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while holding Tampa Bay to one run and five hits over six innings last time out after preventing a three-game sweep with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball in his previous turn at Yankee Stadium. He has allowed three runs and 14 hits during a stretch of three straight quality starts and owns a 2-1 mark with a stellar 1.08 ERA in four outings at Fenway Park. However, Price is 4-6 with a 5.63 ERA against the Rangers and has been tormented by Andrus (15-for-32) and Asdrubal Cabrera (9-for-24).

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox RF Mookie Betts' walk-off walk was Boston's major league-best 10th bases-loaded walk.

2. Rangers LH Drew Smyly will skip his scheduled start Friday at Cincinnati, manager Chris Woodward said.

3. Red Sox RH Brandon Workman blew a save Wednesday -- the team's 11th of the season.

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Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Capacity: 37,402

Last Injuries

Boston Red Sox

  • Tyler Thornburg

    Hip
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Thornburg has landed on the 10-day injured list with a hip impingement and is projected to be idle until the beginning of July.

  • Steve Pearce

    Back
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Pearce has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain, and he is expected to be away from the team until the early part of July.

  • Nathan Eovaldi

    Elbow
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Eovaldi has been transferred to the 60-day injured list as he is recuperating from surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. He is projected to be out until after the All-Star break.

  • Brock Holt

    Hamstring
    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Holt has been held out of the last two games with tightness in his left hamstring, and he is unlikely to play against the White Sox on Wednesday.

  • Heath Hembree

    Elbow
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Hembree has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right elbow extensor strain, but he is lining up to return by the start of July.

  • Mitch Moreland

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Moreland has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain and will miss an unknown length of time.

  • Steven Wright

    Suspension
    Prob Tues | probable

    Wright has been reinstated after serving an 80-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He is expected to rejoin the bullpen for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Benintendi is not expected to play against the White Sox on Tuesday due to a day of rest.

Texas Rangers

  • Scott Heineman

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Heineman is on the 60-day injured list and has suffered a setback during his rehab assignment while recovering from labrum surgery on his left shoulder. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Mendez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right UCL strain. He is not expected to return until at least the beginning of July.

  • Asdrubal Cabrera

    Suspension
    Elig Fri | out

    Cabrera has been handed a three-game suspension for arguing balls and strikes. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Friday's clash with the Rays.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the early part of July.

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa

    Finger
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Kiner-Falefa has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger ligament sprain. He is lining up to be reinstated from the IL sometime during the early part of July.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right elbow. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the early part of July.

  • Joey Gallo

    Oblique
    Prob Tues | probable

    Gallo has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a left oblique strain, and he is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's contest versus the Tigers.

  • Taylor Hearn

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Hearn has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with left elbow tightness and is likely out until at least the latter part of July.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Willie Calhoun 13 12 51 10 17 3 0 3 9 29 0 8 0 .333 .569 .370
Danny Santana 54 41 181 36 56 11 3 8 24 97 9 53 4 .309 .536 .347
Elvis Andrus 68 68 285 45 87 18 3 7 43 132 16 49 2 .305 .463 .341
Hunter Pence 55 47 194 44 57 14 1 15 48 118 3 47 1 .294 .608 .353
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jesse Chavez 35 5 155 48 2 48 7 0 18 0 0 1 15 839
Jose Leclerc 35 2 106 55 4 25 5 0 18 0 0 1 18 650
Chris Martin 30 0 90 32 0 29 7 0 11 0 0 3 3 451
Shawn Kelley 28 0 84 25 0 26 5 0 9 0 0 1 5 414
Brett Martin 22 0 80 20 0 27 4 1 13 0 0 1 5 386
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 44 41 0 36 4 3 0 2
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 38 30 0 12 5 1 0 3
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 70 68 0 0 0 6 0 0
Chris Martin 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0