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Gallardo Hoping to Build on Last Start

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 13: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Every pitcher enjoys pitching with a lead, particularly when their offense spots them a couple of runs right off the bat.

    In his last start, Yovani Gallardo went from being one of the least supported starters in the majors to having a 2-0 lead in the first inning. And then a 4-0 lead in the second. That takes a ton of pressure off a starter and allows them to settle into a rhythm, and that's exactly what Gallardo did as the Rangers went on to beat Kansas City that night.

    Now, he'll hope for a similar game in Tuesday's series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway, and he'll have the luxury of going up against the league's worst offense in the month of May.

    Gallardo needed just 92 pitches to get through seven innings in that last outing, while allowing the two runs in the seventh. The Red Sox are struggling at the plate right now, and if Gallardo can keep the ball low and get groundballs in the hitter-friendly Fenway, he'll be in business.