In two trips to Boston this season, the Texas Rangers have seen plenty of rain.
The Rangers hope their pitching and the weather hold up on Sunday when they try to get in a day-night doubleheader against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the finale of a seven-game road trip.
Texas (33-28) was rained out twice in its first trip to Boston (35-24) from May 12-14. That resulted in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, but the teams were only able to get in one game, a 7-4 victory for the Rangers.
The clubs will try it again on Sunday. Texas still has one more visit to Boston on July 20 to make up one of the postponements.
Manager Buck Showalter has been forced to juggle his pitching rotation since he’s in the midst of a stretch of 14 games in 13 days. The Rangers return home to begin a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
“I think our really tough day is going to be Monday,” Showalter said. “It’s 101 degrees back home today, twilight, six o’clock (Central time) after this road trip.”
Kevin Millwood (7-3, 4.65 ERA) will get the start in the opener for Texas. Millwood is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA in five career starts at Fenway Park.
The veteran right-hander gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings in a 7-3 loss to Boston on April 3 at Ameriquest Field.
Millwood is 6-0 with a 2.21 ERA over his last nine road starts since losing at Toronto last Aug. 27.
Josh Beckett (7-3, 5.27) will try to return to his early-season form as he opposes Millwood. The right-hander has allowed 14 runs and six homers over six innings in his last two starts. On Monday at New York, he gave up eight runs and seven hits—two homers—in just 1 1-3 innings of a 13-5 defeat to the Yankees.
Although he has only thrown 70 innings this season, the right-hander has already matched his career high with 16 home runs allowed. Beckett yielded 16 homers in 156 2-3 innings while pitching for Florida in 2004.
Beckett’s Red Sox debut was a 2-1 victory at Texas on April 5, when he limited the Rangers to one run and seven hits in seven innings in his lone career appearance against them.
Texas improved to 3-2 on its road trip with Saturday’s win. Hank Blalock went 3-for-4 with his first home run since May 16.
The third baseman is 11-for-22 with three homers and eight RBIs against the Red Sox this season.
The Rangers will send John Wasdin (0-0, 0.00) to the mound in the nightcap for his first start since having his contract purchased from the minors on June 1. The right-hander made one relief appearance, pitching 2 1-3 perfect innings in last Saturday’s 8-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Wasdin, who compiled a 19-16 record while pitching for Boston from 1997-2000, has struggled against his old club since leaving, going 1-3 with an 8.68 ERA in eight appearances—including two starts.
Rookie David Pauley (0-1, 6.55) will make his Fenway Park debut for the Red Sox opposite Wasdin. The right-hander, making his first career start against the Rangers, has allowed eight runs and 19 hits in just 11 innings pitched.
On Tuesday, Pauley took the loss against the New York Yankees after giving up two runs and eight hits through 6 1-3 innings of a 2-1 defeat.