The Red Sox began their 2014 season a week ago Monday and have not exactly had the look of the world beaters they were five-plus months ago.
The Sox are 2-4 out of the gate this season and are tied for last place in the AL East with Baltimore after being swept by the Brewers at Fenway this past weekend. It was the first sweep at Fenway by a visitor in over a year.
Boston has a relatively tough road ahead this week as it hosts the Rangers Monday through Wednesday and will be in New York to take on the Yankees for a four-game set Thursday through Sunday.
The Rangers will send Tanner Scheppers (0-0, 15.75 ERA) to the mound Monday (7 p.m., NESN) to take on John Lackey (1-0, 3.00 ERA). Martin Perez (0-0, 3.18 ERA) will face Felix Doubront (1-0, 5.06 ERA) Tuesday (6 p.m., NESN). In what should amount to the top “hooky” day in Boston since last Friday’s home opener — with blue skies expected for a Fenway matinee — Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will square off against Jake Peavy (0-0, 3.00 ERA) at 4:05 p.m., Wednesday in the series finale.
Texas is 3-3 so far this season.
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