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April 21, 2010

Red Sox 8, Rangers 7 (F 12)

Another last at-bat loss for the Rangers. That's five times this season the Rangers have seen an opponent score the winning run in its last turn with the lumber. Boston has done it to the Rangers two nights in a row.

Nelson Cruz likely will not start Thursday. He left a second straight game with a cramp in his right hamstring, and manager Ron Washington is leaning toward giving him a day off.

Josh Hamilton's seventh-inning homer was his first of the season and the first since he hit two against Toronto on Sept. 1. He missed a good deal of September with back woes. Hamilton's RBI single in the second ended an 0-for-13 slump.

Dustin Pedroia was intentionally walked in the 12th after Marco Scutaro tagged up and took second on a deep flyball to center field. Pedroia is 5 for 11 lifetime against Dustin Nippert. Kevin Youkilis was 0 for 5, but he's now 1 for 6.

Julio Borbon said he was caught off-guard by Scutaro tagging up. He said he has now learned to watch for that, but he should be expecting more teams to test his arm.

Borbon thought he was clearly safe at home while trying to score on a Michael Young flyball to center field in the fourth. "I slid head-first," he said. "I don't think there was anyone who had a better view." Washington said that missed call was the difference. A missed call Tuesday on what should have been a ground-rule double in the sixth also played a key role in a Rangers loss.

Matt Harrison, who issued three homers and six runs in four-plus innings, was pulled from the game after Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux noticed Harrison had lost his legs. He apparently lost the contents of his stomach afterward in the clubhouse and was sent home to the hotel before the game had ended with a stomach bug.

-- Jeff Wilson


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I would like for Borbon and a few other players on this team to do their learning in the minor leagues and not in games against the Red Sox.

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