Josh Hamilton is one of several Rangers who has enjoyed tremendous success against the Sox. (AP)The season series suggests that the Red Sox and Rangers are comparably talented. Both teams are capable of beating each other's brains out, something that Texas did six times against the Sox, with Boston returning the favor on four occasions.



Red Sox utilityman Conor Jackson, who had to leave Sunday's game after three innings after banging his right forearm and right knee into the low, unforgiving fence in front of the Sox bullpen in right center while trying to track down a fly ball, said that he hopes to be better after "a few days of treatment." Jackson, acquired from the A's on Aug. 31, said that X-rays on his injuries were negative, and that he is simply dealing with a contusion to his right knee.

John Lackey was hammered for eight hits and six runs in five-plus innings while the Rangers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning as Texas pounded the Red Sox 11-4 Sunday at Fenway to take 2-of-3 in the weekend series. With the Yankees beating the Blue Jays in the Bronx, the Red Sox are 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, their largest deficit in the division since July 5. 

Rangers lefty starter Matt Hairson scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs in seven innings as the leaders of the AL West won the season series 6-4. 

Newly acquired Red Sox utilityman Conor Jackson, whom the Sox acquired from the A's just before the Aug. 31 deadline to trade for players who can be added to the postseason roster, left Sunday's game against the Rangers prior to the top of the fourth inning with a bruised right knee. He had injured himself in the top of the third while trying to chase down an Ian Kinsler fly ball to the fence in deep right center.

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz said that he "felt really good" after throwing on flat ground up to 90 feet on Sunday. He had 20 throws from 60 feet and 20 more from 75 feet, and then he stretched out to 90 for the first time.

He will accompany the Sox on their upcoming seven-game road trip through Toronto and Tampa Bay. He hopes to work his way up to 120 feet during the road trip -- usually the distance that precedes a bullpen session -- and then "go from there."

Ryan Lavarnway will be called back up to the Red Sox on Monday, manager Terry Francona announced prior to Sunday's game with the Rangers. This will be Lavarnway's second call-up after making his making his debut on the August road trip through Kansas City and Texas. 

The catcher was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 18 when Kevin Youkilis went on the disabled list and David Ortiz was already on the disabled list. Lavarnway served as designated hitter for six games and went 7-for-23 (.304) in seven games overall before being sent back down. 

Marco Scutaro will get the start at shortstop for the Red Sox on Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series with the Rangers. John Lackey (12-10, 5.94) takes the hill for the Red Sox against Texas lefty Matt Harrison (10-9, 3.54). Josh Reddick will be unavailable after getting hit in the left hand late in Saturday's game by a Darren Oliver fastball.

The Pawtucket Red Sox clinched the International League North Division title with a 12-7 victory over the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate from Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Pawtucket rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to erase a 7-5 deficit and claim its first division title since 2003.

Red Sox minor leaguer Bryce Brentz blasted his 30th home run of the season on Saturday night. Brentz, selected by the Red Sox in the sandwich round (No. 36 overall) of the 2010 draft, opened the year with 11 homers in 40 games at Single-A Greenville, earning a rapid promotion to High-A Salem. He has continued to assert himself as potentially one of the top right-handed power-hitting prospects in the Sox' system in years, blasting 19 homers in 73 games to reach 30 longballs for the season -- despite having missed a few weeks due to a wrist injury in May.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's 12-7 win over the Rangers that shortstop Jed Lowrie, who left the game in the fourth inning with left shoulder tightness, is unlikely to be in Sunday's starting lineup. Francona did note that though Lowrie had to come out of Saturday's game, the shoulder issue is not serious, and that the team was just being careful with the infielder.