The Rangers concluded a successful homestand Sunday with a 6-2 win over the Red Sox at Globe Life Park. The Rangers went 4-2 in the stretch, including two of three from the Red Sox. Texas is now 11-0-1 in its last 12 series. The last series the Rangers lost was a three-game sweep in Oakland May 16-18. The last time the Rangers lost a series at home was the season-opening series against the Mariners.
The Rangers begins a 10-game road trip with a four-game series against the Yankees on Monday. After three in Minnesota and three in Boston they return home for a four-game series with the Twins before the All-Star break.
Three thoughts after Sunday’s win:
1. Powered Prince — In the 19 games since Prince Fielder was “unplugged” on June 4-5, he has four homers and 11 RBI and is batting over .280 with an OPS above .800. His two-run homer to the right-field corner in the sixth Sunday extended his season-best hit streak to eight games.
“I think he’s gaining more confidence with every game, with his stroke, with his swing, with his approach,” Banister said. “I think he’s been pretty good since the two days off.”
2. Choo-mongus lift — Shin-Soo Choo has been back from the disabled list for 12 games and his presence at the top of the lineup has been huge. He has 14 hits, including three homers and two doubles, with seven RBI and 10 runs scored in the stretch. He has a .400 on-base percentage since returning. He had his first three-hit game Sunday. “He controls the at-bat very well,” Banister said. “We need that to jump-start our lineup. We saw that last year with Delino [DeShields] at the top of the lineup and when he was able to do things to create offense for those guys who come up behind him. Choo has done a phenomenal job of getting on base, getting hits and driving balls out of the ballpark. That’s a weapon.”
3. Darvish throws — Yu Darvish threw his first bullpen session before Sunday’s game since going on the DL with right shoulder discomfort June 9. If all is well with his arm Monday in New York, the plan calls for Darvish to throw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. He’s expected to throw 12 to 15 pitches each inning. Darvish could either make a rehab start in the minors or be activated and return to the Rangers’ rotation.