"My finger feels fine, I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back. I got new skin and my finger is ready to go."
This season against the American League East, McCarthy is 3-1 with a 5.08 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in five games (two starts) lifetime against the Red Sox.
TEX: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-4, 5.90 ERA)
McCarthy is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA since the beginning of May, but has made just one start in the past month. He held the Brewers to one run over five innings in the Rangers' 4-3 victory on June 9. The blister problem came up in a May 25 outing against the Red Sox in which he allowed four runs in two innings. It's been a recurring problem since then, but the Rangers are hoping that it's healed properly.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-0, 6.48 ERA)
Gabbard makes his second start since replacing the ailing Curt Schilling in the rotation. The first one was not very good, as the lefty had a control meltdown, walking six and hitting a batter. Gabbard lasted just 3 1/3 innings in that start against the Mariners, getting touched up for six hits and four runs. This is his first career start against the Rangers. Gabbard won his only start at Fenway this season, holding the Braves to two hits over five innings in May 20.
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Outfielder Kenny Lofton will try to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lofton had an impressive June, hitting .388 with 20 runs scored, boosting his season average to more than .300.
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Tuesday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 4-7, 7.06) vs. Angels (Ervin Santana, 5-8, 5.27), 7:35 p.m. CT
Wednesday: Rangers (Jamey Wright, 1-2, 6.38) vs. Angels (Jered Weaver, 6-4, 3.55), 7:35 p.m. CT
Thursday: Rangers (Robinson Tejeda, 5-7, 6.69) vs. Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 9-3, 3.32), 7:35 p.m. CT