POSTED: 11:04 a.m. HST, May 04, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas >> Shane Victorino is back in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox.
Victorino missed seven games in a row before being in the lineup Friday night for the opener of a three-game series at Texas. He was batting second and playing right field.
Victorino last played April 24 against Oakland. He had a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning of that game, but left two innings later because of lower back stiffness. He had come out of a game four days earlier because of the problem, and also missed both games of a doubleheader April 21.
Going into Friday night's game, Victorino was hitting .292 with eight RBIs. He was 9 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
But the Red Sox (20-9) were shut out for the third time this season.They lost to the Texas Rangers 7-0. It was their 10th series opening game — they had won eight of the first nine.