BOSTON -- The Rangers and Red Sox play Game 2 of a three-game series at Fenway Park with a pair of right-handers on the mound. Alexi Ogando comes back from an injury to face the resurgent John Lackey at 6:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
Ogando (4-2, 3.08): Ogando returns after spending three weeks on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. ... He pitched six innings with four strikeouts and no walks and allowed two runs (none earned) while throwing 60 pitches in a rehab start Friday for Double-A Frisco. ... Ogando is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA for his last five starts. That included a win over Boston on May 4 in which he pitched six innings and allowed a run on six hits. The Red Sox were only 1-for-9 with runners on base. ... Ogando is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in nine games (two starts) against Boston. ... This will be his first career start at Fenway Park. He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five innings in Boston. ... Ogando has been a road warrior for the Rangers, making seven of his nine starts away from Arlington, and is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA with a .238 opponents batting average.
Lackey (3-5, 2.96): Lackey is having a bounce-back season. The Texas native has turned things around since his ERA peaked at 4.05 after 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. In three starts since, Lackey has allowed three earned runs in 19 innings. ... He didn't allow an earned run in two starts against Minnesota and Cleveland before allowing three earned runs in six innings in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia that ended a personal two-game winning streak. ... Lackey has allowed a .229 opponents batting average and has walked only 14 in 45 2/3 innings. ... He has nine consecutive double-digit win seasons, including 19 victories in 2007. ... He has been lethal at Fenway Park this season with a 2-1 record and a 0.90 ERA. ... Lackey is 12-15 with a 6.14 ERA for his career against the Rangers.
Hitters: David Murphy (7-for-16, RBI) has been the Rangers' best hitter against Lackey with Ian Kinsler (.429/4 HRs/9 RBIs) on the disabled list. Adrian Beltre (12-for-58) has two home runs and 12 RBIs against Lackey. David Ortiz (2-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) has had the most success of Red Sox hitters against Ogando.