Then, they came to play on Monday night, dispatching the defending two-time American League champion Texas Rangers 9-2 at Fenway Park.
Aaron Cook certainly wasn't overwhelming, but he was very effective in his seven innings of work. The veteran was able to scatter six hits and three walks while allowing just one run.
Yu Darvish was very average. The Japanese import pitched 6.2 innings, but surrendered 11 hits and six earned runs. However, Darvish did strike out nine.
Nelson Cruz had the lone multi-hit game for Texas, going 3-for-4 with two doubles.