Kenny Rogers has emerged as one of the biggest surprise stories in baseball this season.
Rogers, who went 13-8 in each of the previous two seasons for Texas and Minnesota, respectively, is enjoying his third stint with the Rangers after signing as a free agent this past offseason.
The veteran left-hander has more than surpassed expectations, emerging as the most consistent pitcher in the AL thus far this season. In his last 11 starts, Rogers is 8-0 and has surrendered three earned runs or fewer eight times.
On Monday, he benefitted from some offensive support in an 8-5 victory over Cleveland. Rogers was reached for five runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings, striking out two and walking two.
Rogers said afterward he was pitching with a pulled hamstring, an injury he suffered while shagging fly balls in the outfield two days earlier.
“It made it hard to throw a pitch,” Rogers said. “I really didn’t have a clue of where the ball was going. Not even close. I was lucky to make it through five (innings).”
Rogers said this week he didn’t expect to miss his start Saturday.
Boston took Friday’s series opener 7-0 as Johnny Damon went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs. The Red Sox have won four in a row since losing five of six.
The Rangers, who swept a three-game series from Boston in May, had a two-game win streak snapped.
Texas is 6-6 on its season-high 14-game road trip.