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Nippert on spot for Rangers, who sweep Red Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dustin Nippert allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning of a spot start for flu-ridden Vicente Padilla, and the Texas Rangers completed a 3-game sweep of the slumping Boston Red Sox, 3-1 on Wednesday night.

David Murphy shook off flu-like symptoms with two hits and scored on a squeeze bunt as the Rangers swept a series against Boston for the first time since 2004.

The Red Sox have lost a season-high five straight, a streak that has knocked them out of first place in the AL East.

Nippert (2-0) threw 94 pitches, about 25 more than manager Ron Washington had hoped for. Doug Mathis pitched the final 3 1-3 innings for his first career save.

Clay Buchholz (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits over four innings.

Flu bug going through Rangers clubhouse

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas general manager Jon Daniels was avoiding shaking hands with anyone Wednesday. He's wary of a nasty flu bug making its way through the Rangers' clubhouse.

Texas put closer Frank Francisco on the disabled list Monday with a mild case of pneumonia, then had at least four other players with the flu or flu-like symptoms two days later.

Right-hander Vicente Padilla was scratched from Wednesday's start against Boston and was home with the flu. Reliever Eddie Guardado had enough symptoms that he also was told to stay away from the ballpark.

David Murphy wasn't feeling well but didn't have a fever and remained in Wednesday's lineup, though the Rangers switched him from left field to designated hitter.

All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz, who had missed the last three games because of a broken right ring finger, played right field instead of being the DH, and Marlon Byrd switched from right to left.

Shortstop Omar Vizquel still had flu-like symptoms a night after being scratched from the starting lineup, but the Rangers said he was available.

Paralyzed Cowboys aide determined to walk again

DALLAS (AP) - Paralyzed Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant Rich Behm is determined to walk again.

In his first public comments since the May collapse of the team's indoor practice facility, Behm says he is still learning to deal with life in a wheelchair. He lost the use of his legs in the accident that injured two other Cowboys staff members.

Behm spoke Sunday at a charity fund-raiser for him, his wife and their three young children.

The 33-year-old says he is considering a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the facility. Behm returned to work weeks after the accident and said his focus is on getting back up to speed in his job.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Behm's determination inspires the Dallas players.

OSU to play in Pre-season WNIT, Bahamas event

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State will participate in the Women's National Invitation Tournament and an event in the Bahamas during the upcoming basketball season.

Coach Kurt Budke released the Cowgirls' schedule on Wednesday. Oklahoma State will open at home on Nov. 13 against Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the WNIT, and could play as many as three more games in the tournament.

The Cowgirls will play Marist and either Michigan State or George Washington on Nov. 27-28 in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.

After a Dec. 6 home game with Coppin State and a Dec. 13 game at Vermont, Oklahoma State will host California-Riverside (Dec. 17), Mercer (Dec. 19), Oral Roberts (Dec. 22), Western Illinois (Dec. 28), Texas-Pan American (Jan. 2) and Sam Houston State (Jan. 4).

The Cowgirls then will open Big 12 Conference play at home against Baylor on Jan. 9.

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