The Red Sox will try to extend their biggest chain of wins in the season and sweep the Rangers when the two squads meet Wednesday at Globe Life Park.
Boston right-hander Doug Fister will make his third start of the season after allowing three runs in each of the previous two, accumulating 11 innings.
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“I feel great,” Fister said. “I feel great about the action of my pitching and control.”
Fister has allowed three or fewer runs in six of his last seven appearances against the Rangers, pitching at least six innings in five of those games.
“They have a good line up and one has to respect everyone for the tools they have,” Fister said. “You have to go out and run.”
Wishing better luck than the last time, the right, Andrew Cashner, will open for the Rangers. Cashner left his most recent start Thursday in Cleveland, after being hit in the stomach and right forearm for a piece of bats match.
Cashner charged with the loss, throwing five innings in which he accepted five earned runs and six hits, gave two tickets. He had to leave the game with 81 pitches in his account.
“I think I did quite well. He lost a bit of his grip after being hit by the bat,” Cashner said. “I really could not throw my slider. My forearm hurt a lot, but I’m focused on what’s next and my next start.”
Three things to know about this game:
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo, who struck out on Tuesday, is 22-2, with two homers, seven innings and 16 strikeouts in the last 11 games. He has the lowest batting average among American League ranked batters.
Cashner has faced the Red Sox only once in his 215 Major League games. On that occasion he allowed five runs and six hits in the loss on May 23. Xander Bogaerts has two hits before him, including a two-run single.
The Red Sox are 14-0 this season when they have stolen multiple bases. In his last 24 games, Boston has 25-20 on robbery attempts (80 percent). On Tuesday, against Texas, Christián Vazquez and Tzu-Wei Lin executed a double theft in the second inning.