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Rangers Vs. Red Sox: Yu Darvish Looks To Get On Track

The Texas Rangers enter the series tied for the best record in the American League.

May 6, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
May 6, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

After Sunday's late-inning debacle against the Kansas City Royals, the Texas Rangers are now tied for the best record the American League with the New York Yankees.

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.

For more on the Rangers, be sure to head over to Lone Star Ball and join the discussion. For more on the Red Sox, be sure to check out our blog Over The Monster, and check out Baseball Nation for more news and notes from the Major Leagues.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.