#1 his previous career high was 60 yards in a win von anda0012 26.06.2019 11:22

BOSTON -- Offense hasnt been a problem for the Red Sox through 81 games, but Bostons struggles on the mound are threatening to undo all the good the team is doing at the plate.At the midway point, the Red Sox (44-37) have scored a league-leading 451 runs, a total they added to handsomely Sunday in a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.However, their mediocre pitching -- a 4.49 team ERA that ranks 11th in the AL -- might prove troublesome entering their three-game series with the Texas Rangers that starts Monday.While this is a strong offensive team, we still have areas of improvement, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. The key (to the second half of our season) without a doubt will be to stabilize our pitching, particularly in the rotation.The Rangers (52-31) own the top record in the AL, although they are in the midst of a little funk after dropping two of three games -- including a 5-4 defeat Sunday -- to the major-league-worst Minnesota Twins.Overall, the Rangers have lost four of their past five.We hit some balls hard today, Texas manager Jeff Banister said after his teams eight-hit attack Sunday. We hit them right at some people, and we hit some line drives into the outfield. Couple feet either way, and its a different ballgame.As a unit, the Rangers offense has held its own, scoring 407 runs, a total that is tied for seventh in the majors.On Monday, Texas will have to contend with one of Bostons most consistent arms, right-hander Rick Porcello (9-2, 3.78 ERA).Porcello has pitched well at home this season, going 6-0 with a 3.48 ERA in seven starts at Fenway Park this year.His numbers against Texas havent been as encouraging, though. In eight career starts against the Rangers, Porcello is 4-4 with a 5.86 ERA.Shin-Soo Choo, who hit a solo home run and drove in three runs total Sunday, has hit Porcello well historically, batting .286 (10-for-35) with four RBI against him.Adrian Beltre is 8-for-21 with a solo home run off Porcello.Last time out, Porcello allowed a run on five hits and three walks while striking out eight in a six-inning, 8-2 victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.00 ERA) has the task of containing the Red Soxs high-powered offense in Mondays opener.The right-hander will be making his fourth start for the Rangers after giving up two runs on three hits and five walks with two strikeouts in a five-inning no-decision Wednesday at the New York Yankees.Martinez is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against Boston, including a June 24 start in which he allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in another no-decision.Mookie Betts is 3-for-7 against him, while Jackie Bradley Jr. is 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Hanley Ramirez has also teed off on Martinez, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.Texas took two of three games against Boston when the teams met for a weekend series in Arlington on June 24-26. The Rangers won five of seven meetings with the Red Sox last season. Steven Mitchell Jr. Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Xavier Woodson-Luster Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. http://www.cheaptexansjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-malcolm-pridgeon-jersey .5 seconds to play in the game, Kevin Love never stopped believing that they would come out of there with a win. Brennan Scarlett Jersey . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Drew Lewis Jersey . 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Today Im glad they did.Things worked out in a big way for Montgomery, and they turned out just fine for the Packers (8-6), though they did blow a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.Green Bay pulled it out after Chicagos Connor Barth kicked a tying field goal in the in the closing minutes, when Mason Crosby booted a 32-yarder as time expired following a 60-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson.But for most of a frigid afternoon, with the game temperature at 11 degrees and the wind chill at minus-4, Montgomery was stealing the spotlight and leading the way as the Packers racked up 226 yards on the ground.I dont think we expected to run for over 200 yards, Rodgers said. I think we have confidence in Ty. We want to get him a number of touches. But this was definitely unexpected in the best way possible.McCarthy certainly liked what he saw.He is 250 pounds and he is a beast, McCarthy said. Breaks tackles, but has a second geaar to get going to get to work on a second level.dddddddddddd He is outstanding in the backfield. You always look for bigger backs as it is my preference and you want them to be three-down players.Montgomery is checking those boxes and solidifying himself at the position, after a switch made partly out of necessity because of Eddie Lacys season-ending ankle injury in Week 5.A second-year pro, his previous career high was 60 yards in a win over the Bears at Lambeau Field on Oct. 20, and with one huge run, he surpassed that Sunday.He broke off a 61-yard run early in the second quarter, spinning out of a tackle by John Timu and running by Pernell McPhee and Adrian Amos as he burst up the left side.Montgomery was just getting started.He also burst through the line for a 36-yard run before being dragged down by three or four defenders, leading to a field goal late in the second quarter.In the third, Montgomery was at it again.He came through with a 26-yard run that put the ball on the 2 and ran it in from the 3 for his second touchdown, spinning across the goal line to give Green Bay a 20-10 lead.Thats just what we are coached to do, Montgomery said. Thats how (I) was raised as a kid. Its just ingrained in me. To be honest, the O-line did a great job, creating seams, the p

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