Boston (11-11) at Texas (12-12)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 30, 2005
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Bronson Arroyo will make his scheduled start while appealing a suspension when the Boston Red Sox continue a three-game series with the Texas Rangers.

Arroyo was suspended for six games Friday for his part in a pair of incidents during an 11-3 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Arroyo was given the longest suspension of those involved after he hit Aubrey Huff in the sixth inning and—after both teams were warned—plunked Chris Singleton an inning later to prompt a second scuffle.

“Six days is six days. … I’m not surprised at all,” Arroyo said. “I’m going to appeal just for the sake of appealing.”

Arroyo chose not to apologize for his actions, suggesting instead that he wouldn’t hesitate to protect his teammates.

“In a game like that, once it gets out of hand, it gets out of hand. People don’t care what the consequences are going to be. It’s just out of respect of protecting your players,” he said. “If the situation calls for it, I have no problem protecting guys on my team.”

In addition, manager Terry Francona received a three-game ban, outfielder Trot Nixon was suspended for two games and designated hitter David Ortiz was fined. Francona began his suspension Friday with bench coach Brad Mills filling in while the players appeal.

“There were some things I certainly didn’t understand, but that’s probably always the case when you don’t agree,” Francona said.

Arroyo is looking to remain perfect on the road after going 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in his first two outings. He won Sunday by allowing three runs and seven hits over six innings.

Boston is trying to end a season-high three-game skid after a 7-2 loss Friday. Chan Ho Park and Ron Mahay combined on a three-hitter for the Rangers as the Red Sox fell for the fifth time in six games.

Texas’ Alfonso Soriano batted in the No. 5 slot for the first time this season and belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Soriano, who batted leadoff for his first 22 starts, is hitting only .154 (2-for-13) over the last three games.

“He’s very consistent in what he brings,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said of his second baseman. “You walk a fine line between what’s best for a player and what’s best for the team.”

Red Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn was out with a virus Friday. Ramon Vazquez received the start and went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

“Bellhorn’s very sick,” Francona said. “We’re passing it around. Looking back, I don’t know how (Jason) Varitek played with it. It shows how tough he is, because these guys are really sick.”

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