2:05 PM ET, April 3, 2011
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz make history as Rangers wrap up sweep of Red Sox
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Intentional or not, the Texas Rangers sent a loud message this opening weekend.
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• Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first pair of teammates in history to each homer in a team's first three games.
• The Rangers hit 11 home runs and scored 26 runs in their three-game sweep of the Red Sox.
• Boston is 0-3 for the first time since they started the 1996 season 0-5.
• Red Sox starters allowed 18 earned runs and nine homers in 15 1/3 innings this series.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Kinsler joined Dean Palmer (1992) as the only Rangers to homer in the first three games of a season. ... All three starting pitchers Boston used in this series allowed at least two homers. ... Chad Curtis was the first right-handed hitter to reach the upper deck in right field. He did it while playing for Texas in 2000. ... The series drew 144,828, the most ever at Rangers Ballpark for a season-opening, three-game series, topping the stadium's opening weekend in 1994. ... Young played second base for the first time since 2003.
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 6-4 (as of Sun 4/3)|
|Fri 4/1||@TEX 9, BOS 5||Recap|
|Sat 4/2||@TEX 12, BOS 5||Recap|
|» Sun 4/3||@TEX 5, BOS 1||Box Score|
|Mon 8/22||@TEX 4, BOS 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/23||BOS 11, @TEX 5||Recap|
|Wed 8/24||BOS 13, @TEX 2||Recap|
|Thu 8/25||BOS 6, @TEX 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/2||TEX 10, @BOS 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/3||@BOS 12, TEX 7||Recap|
|Sun 9/4||TEX 11, @BOS 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Rangers|
|2nd||D Murphy homered to right (375 feet).||0||1|
|3rd||I Kinsler homered to left (394 feet).||0||2|
|5th||M Napoli homered to center (421 feet).||0||3|
|7th||C Crawford singled to center, K Youkilis scored, J Lowrie to second.||1||3|
|7th||N Cruz homered to right (447 feet).||1||4|
|8th||M Young doubled to deep left, A Blanco scored, I Kinsler to third.||1||5|
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|Stadium||Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||46,326 (96.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||79 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Runge, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim Mcclelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett|
The Rangers used 11 home runs in the three-game sweep of the Red Sox -- Boston scored 11 runs total. Texas had a slugging percentage of .775 in the three games. The 3 Red Sox starters -- Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buccholz -- combined to have an ERA of over 10.[+]
Inside The Sweep - Rangers Sweep Red Sox 3-0
Clay Buchholz allowed 4 HR in the loss to the Rangers. This is the 2nd time in his career he's allowed at least 4 HR in a game (allowed 5 in 2009). He is the 6th Red Sox pitcher with at least 2 career games of 4+ HR allowed in the Live Ball Era (since 1920): Josh Beckett (4), Tim Wakefield (3), Bill Monbouquette (2), Pedro Martinez (2) and Gene Conley (2) are the others.
ESPN Stats & Information