But while that race might last all season, the Rangers turn their attention to the Yankees' biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox, this week.
The three-game series kicks off tonight as Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.38 ERA) faces off against Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.24 ERA). Darvish has a 6.82 ERA over his last five starts.
The second game of the series will see Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.82 ERA) go for his first win as a Ranger. He'll be opposed by Jon Lester (5-9, 5.36 ERA).
The series wraps up with a day game in Boston on Wednesday as Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17 ERA) takes on Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54 ERA).
First pitch for Monday's game is scheduled for 6:10 CT and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.
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