Red Sox Open 2011 Season Against AL Champions

AL champ Texas raising flag before Boston opener

      ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nolan Ryan isn't making a specific
prediction this season on how many games he thinks the Texas
Rangers will win.
      Instead, the team president and CEO is giving himself a little
wiggle room. He expects the American League champions to win
between 90 and 95 games.
      Last season, Ryan predicted 92 wins. Texas won 90 regular-season
games and the AL West, then added eight more in the playoffs.
      Texas opens the season at home Friday against Boston. The
Rangers will raise their championship flag before playing a Red Sox
team considered a favorite in the AL East after adding Carl
Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.
      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)