Texas (56-56) at Boston (65-47)

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Veteran left-hander Kenny Rogers will return earlier than expected from his suspension when he starts for the Texas Rangers in their series finale at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

Rogers was reinstated Tuesday when arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that commissioner Bud Selig went too far by suspending the Texas pitcher for 20 games and fining him $50,000 for shoving two cameramen.

Rogers will have missed 13 games by the time his reinstatement becomes effective Wednesday, and his fine will be converted to a charitable contribution.

He had been penalized for a videotaped tirade June 29 when he came onto the field in Texas for pregame stretching and threw a camera to the ground, kicked it and threatened to do more damage. One of the cameramen he shoved, Larry Rodriguez of KDFW-TV, was treated at a hospital.

Rogers turned himself in to police in Arlington, Texas, on misdemeanor assault charges and posted a $1,500 bond. He also apologized to the cameramen and fans for his behavior.

“I think everybody is excited to have him back as a teammate and as a pitcher,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “When you get your best starting pitcher back, you always feel good about that. I think we’re all ready to put this behind us and move on with the season.”

In his last two starts before the suspension took effect, Rogers had been ineffective, allowing eight runs and 16 hits in 13 innings. However, he did not figure in either of the starts, both Texas defeats.

He’ll be asked to help slow down a Boston offense that has been on a rampage in the first two games of this series, scoring 19 runs.

The best offensive team in baseball needed an extra inning to beat Texas on Tuesday, as Edgar Renteria’s RBI single beat the Rangers 8-7, giving the Red Sox their 10th consecutive victory at Fenway Park.

Curt Schilling allowed one hit and struck out two in two innings for Boston, which won its third in a row and 11th in 13 games.

It was Renteria’s eighth RBI in 10 games after getting eight in the previous 37 games.

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K. Rogers Det vs. B. Arroyo Ari
14-8 Record 14-10
3.46 ERA 4.51
87 K 100
53 BB 54
1.32 WHIP 1.30