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Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, End 2: Erik Bedard Labors In Second, Works Around Leadoff Single

Erik Bedard worked around a leadoff single to escape the second inning with a scoreless tie still in place.

The Sox once again taxed C.J. Wilson in the second, though this time it came without the benefit of any baserunners, instead being largely the result of the 14 pitches he needed to get Carl Crawford and Ryan Lavarnway out. With 40 pitches on his arm through just two innings, Wilson needs to get some quick outs if he plans to pitch deep into this game.

The bottom half of the inning saw the Rangers pick up their first hit on a leadoff single from Michael Young, and almost had their second baserunner when Mike Napoli claimed to have been hit by a pitch on the hand. Paul Nauert was having none of it, though, sticking to his belief that the ball hit the knob of the bat, and denying Napoli his base. While Bedard’s pitch count rose to the mid-30s, he would strike out Napoli and get Mitch Moreland out to end the frame.