Tropicana Field and the Tampa Bay Rays continue to be a thorn in the side of the Boston Red Sox as they were able to win last night 6-2 behind the strength of an Evan Longoria grand slam. The Red Sox will try again to become winners at the Trop again tonight.
The game will start at 7:08 PM tonight and the game will be televised on NESN. In the Tampa area, you can catch the game on FOX Sports Florida. And if the television isn’t your cup of tea, you can catch the game on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.
When the Red Sox have needed a win this season, they’ve really counted on Tim Wakefield to keep them in the game. Wakefield has been solid in his last 3 outings and is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 4 starts on the season. In 41 games (31 starts) against the Rays, Wakefield is 19-5 with a 3.32 ERA. In 23 games (17 starts) at Tropicana Field, Wakefield is 9-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Over his last 8 starts against the Rays beginning July 27, 2007, he is 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA.
Joe Maddon will send out a rookie in Jeff Niemann for the Rays. He is making just his 10 career appearance (7th start) and is 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA this season.
Smoltz is here [Extra Bases]
Kotsay drives in a run in first rehab outing, reports no problems [Projo Sox Blog]
Reddick likely to go to Florida for extended rehab [Projo Sox Blog]
Under Pressure, Red Sox’ Bay Delivers [New York Times]
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
|1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF||1. B.J. Upton||CF|
|2. Dustin Pedroia||2B||2. Carl Crawford||LF|
|3. David Ortiz||DH||3. Evan Longoria||3B|
|4. Kevin Youkilis||1B||4. Carlos Peña||1B|
|5. J.D. Drew||RF||5. Pat Burrell||DH|
|6. Jason Bay||LF||6. Ben Zobrist||SS|
|7. Mike Lowell||3B||7. Akinori Iwamura||2B|
|8. George Kottaras||C||8. Gabe Kapler||RF|
|9. Nick Green||SS||9. Dioner Navarro||C|
|Tim Wakefield||SP||Jeff Niemann||SP|
And here is how the hitters have fared against tonight’s starting pitchers. No one on the Red Sox has faced Niemann.