Byline: Bill Ballou
RANGERS 18, RED SOX 3
FENWAY PARK, BOSTON
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 4 3 0 0 1 0 8 2 18 21 0
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 0
Winning pitcher: Lewis (2-0). Losing pitcher: Lester (0-2). Att: 38,229.
All was quiet on the Kevin Youkilis front, at least verbally, but his horrible start to 2012 continued last night.
Back in the lineup after a minor groin strain, he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts, and his average dipped to .176.
Defensively, he failed to make a play on a sharp grounder by Craig Gentry that could have short-circuited what turned into a three-run rally by the Rangers. The bases were loaded with nobody out on what should have been a double-play ball, but became a fielder's choice.
Boo-boos, not errors
Cody Ross had a bad night in left field, misplaying a couple of balls, but neither resulted in an error. The Red Sox have committed just two errors and allowed just one unearned run in their first 11 games. Boston has a nine-game errorless streak, tied with its best of last year, which lasted from May 22-30.
Shortstop Mike Aviles also was involved in two plays that could have been errors, but were not ruled as such. Aviles came in for praise from Bobby Valentine before the game. The manager said, "Michael has been really underrated by many. His defense has been stellar. Mike is rising to the occasion."
Fenway open house
The Red Sox announced the details for tomorrow's open house at Fenway, which is being held as part of the ballpark's centennial celebration.
Fans can visit between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and enter through any gate. There will be memorabilia on display and fans will be allowed on the warning track and in the dugouts. They will also be able to view the bullpens up close and touch the left-field wall.
Several former Boston players will be on hand to sign autographs, including Frank Malzone, Bernie Carbo, Oil Can Boyd and John Tudor. Concession stands will be open and the event will be held no matter the weather.
Ellsbury diagnosis confirmed
The results of Jacoby Ellsbury's second opinion are in and the original diagnosis of a partially dislocated right shoulder stands, Valentine said. The Sox have yet to make an estimate as to how long Ellsbury will be sidelined. As of now, they believe he will not require surgery.
The center fielder moved his shoulder around a bit yesterday, according to Valentine.
Carl Crawford had four plate appearances in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers yesterday...