Found August 06, 2012 on NESN.com:
On paper, the series-opening game between the Red Sox and Rangers is looking to be anything but a pitchers' duel. Starters Yu Darvish and Aaron Cook both enter Monday night's tilt in a bit of a funk. Darvish is just 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA and 20 walks in 31 2/3 innings over his last five starts. Cook, meanwhile, is 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA in his last five starts. The Sox have penciled in the same lineup as Sunday, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez taking the 1-4 slots. On Sunday, the four combined for...
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