Dustin Pedroia for MVP

The Boston Red Sox head into a 3-game set with the Texas Rangers trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 3.5 games in the AL East. They also hold a 5.5 game lead over the Minnesota Twins and 7.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the wild card standings.

While the Red Sox will try to get a sweep in Texas, they will be counting on their AL East brethren the Toronto Blue Jays to help them out with some wins against the Rays.

The Red Sox will get Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell back from the disabled list tonight. You can expect Beckett to be on a pitch count since he’s been out for a bit.

The Red Sox stepped up while Josh Beckett was out.

Dustin Pedroia is a surprise MVP candidate.

Pedroia also brings a lot of passion to the Red Sox team.

Coco Crisp has been hitting the ball well as of late.

The Red Sox model of youth and experience is working well for them.

Jacoby Ellsbury needs 10 stolen bases to tie Tommy Harper’s club record.

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