Loe hoping to be more aggressive
Boston (33-15) at Texas (18-31), Sunday, 2:05 p.m. CT
The Rangers send right-hander Kameron Loe to the mound in the series finale against the Red Sox right-hander Julian Tavarez at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
In his last start against Minnesota, Loe went six innings, gave up five earned runs and took the loss. Loe got beat by one guy, reigning American League MVP Justin Morneau, who had two-run and three-run homers. Despite picking up his fourth straight loss, Loe knows what he needs to do to turn his season around.
"I'm at my best attacking the zone, getting a lot of ground balls," Loe said. "I need to get ahead in the count, limit my walks and establish both sides of the plate."
Texas manager Ron Washington said Frank Catalanotto, who has been limited to being a designated hitter since being activated May 21, might be playing in the outfield Sunday. Catalanotto missed 19 games with right biceps tendinitis.
Sammy Sosa has played right field the first two games of the series, although he struggled Friday night in the field.
"Our confidence in Sammy will never be shaken," Washington said. "He's a professional."
Sosa is two homers shy of 600 for his career.Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Kameron Loe (1-4, 6.38 ERA)
Loe is 0-4 with a 7.60 ERA in his last six starts. His last victory came in his first start of the season on April 21 against the Oakland Athletics. He is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in eight games, including five starts, at home. Opponents are hitting .410 off him with runners in scoring position. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five games, including two starts, in his career against the Red Sox. BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (3-4, 5.27 ERA)
Tavarez has settled into a groove in recent weeks. He is 2-0 in his last two starts, giving up just three runs over 12 and 2/3 innings. Tavarez beat the Yankees in his last outing, holding them to three hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Tavarez will try to erase the bad memories of his April 7 start at Texas when he allowed six hits and four runs over four innings and walked five. Player to watch
Mark Teixeira is hitting .403 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in day games. He is 1-for-2 in his career against Tavarez. Tickets
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Monday: Rangers (Robinson Tejeda, 4-4, 5.18) at A's (Chad Gaudin, 4-1, 2.58), 9:05 p.m. CT
Tuesday: Rangers (Mike Wood, 0-1, 7.02) at A's (Dan Haren, 5-2, 1.70), 9:05 p.m. CT
Wednesday: Rangers (Brandon McCarthy, 4-4, 6.35) at A's (TBD), 2:35 p.m. CT
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.