UPDATE (July 23): The Rangers announced Roy Oswalt would not make Monday's start against the Red Sox, and instead will send Scott Feldman to the mound against Felix Doubront.
The Texas Rangers catch a late flight from Los Angeles on Sunday night following their series with the Angels, and return home to begin a big 10-game homestand that gets underway Monday with the first of three against the Boston Red Sox.
Roy Oswalt will kick the series off for Texas and Don Best is projecting the veteran right-hander to be a 140 favorite with the run total at 10½. ESPN will carry the game nationally starting at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
Boston had yet to name its starting hurler for Monday's contest at the time of Saturday's taping, but Pat Williams believes the $1.40 line on Texas to be a solid number despite the uncertainty surrounding who pitches for the Red Sox.
Oswalt will be making his sixth start for the Rangers since signing with the club back in late May. Texas is 4-1 in his previous five assignments, and a perfect 3-0 when he takes the mound in the Lone Star State.
He is carrying a 5.22 ERA, the bulk of that number resulting from one very ugly outing in Chicago against the White Sox on July 3. The White Sox pounded three homers and scored 11 times (9 earned) during Oswalt's 4-2/3 innings that night at US Cellular Field, but he has since bounced back to throw 12 innings in two starts combined while allowing just eight hits and two runs total.
Boston is expected to send left-hander Felix Doubront to the hill for the series opener. The Venezuelan leads all Red Sox pitchers with 10 wins and has posted 10 quality efforts in his 18 starts.
Doubront has made one start against the Rangers to go along with three relief outings in his brief career. Texas has scored nine times (7 earned) in his combined 6-1/3 innings of work.
This 10-game homestand promises to be a tough one for Texas with the White Sox following Boston to town for three this weekend before the Angels come to Arlington for four early next week. Boston is beginning an equally crucial road trip with this 3-game set in Texas preceding a series in the Bronx opposite the Yankees this weekend.