After falling 2-1 last night, the Boston Red Sox look for a split of their two-game set tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. And if you don’t live in either market you are in luck as MLB Network will also have coverage of the game. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Felix Doubront looks for his fourth win of 2012 in his eighth start of the season. In his previous seven starts, Doubront is 3-1 with a 4.46 ERA. He picked up a no decision against the Rays on April 15th when he allowed four runs in five innings of work. He’s made five appearances (two starts) against the Rays in his career and is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA. Four of those appearances (one start) have come at the Trop where he is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA.
Matt Moore looks to put his struggles aside in his eight start of 2012. In his previous seven starts, Moore is 1-3 with a 5.31 ERA. He was matched up with Doubront on April 15th and took the loss after allowing six runs in 6.1 innings of work. Moore has made two appearances (one start) against the Red Sox in his career and is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (7 ER/9.1 IP).
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Here are today’s lineups:
|1. Mike Aviles||SS||1. Ben Zobrist||RF|
|2. Dustin Pedroia||2B||2. B.J. Upton||CF|
|3. David Ortiz||DH||3. Luke Scott||DH|
|4. Adrian Gonzalez||1B||4. Jeff Keppinger||2B|
|5. Will Middlebrooks||3B||5. Carlos Pena||1B|
|6. Cody Ross||RF||6. Sean Rodriguez||3B|
|7. Daniel Nava||LF||7. Elliot Johnson||SS|
|8. Marlon Byrd||CF||8. Chris Gimenez||C|
|9. Kelly Shoppach||C||9. Rich Thompson||LF|
|Felix Doubront||SP||Matt Moore||SP|
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Red Sox Pitching Must Continue to Improve, Still Biggest Key to Getting Back Into AL East Race [Tom Caron – NESN.com]
With smoother delivery, Andrew Miller provides relief for Red Sox [Clubhouse Insider]
David Ortiz ready for inter-league cameo at first base [Clubhouse Insider]
Bowden: Francona may replace Scioscia as Angels manager [CSN New England]
Ortiz to play first in interleague play [CSN New England]
Checking on repeat players [ESPN Boston]
Some random Red Sox thoughts from Florida [Extra Bases]
Ask Nick: Can Middlebrooks play shortstop? [Extra Bases]
Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary inspires ‘Color of Baseball in Boston’ exhibit [Extra Bases]
Terry Francona takes honorary USA Baseball post [Extra Bases]
David Ortiz ready to take the field in Philly [Extra Bases]
Umpires and guarantees aside, Adrian Gonzalez has some figuring out to do [Full Count]
Jerry Remy on D&C: ‘The only option I see is having [Will Middlebrooks] go to Pawtucket’ [Full Count]
Ryan Sweeney and the Red Sox leadoff spot not getting along [Full Count]
Adrian Gonzalez Criticizes Umpires’ Strike Zones, But Promises Home Run Will Come Thursday [NESN.com]
Red Sox Hoping Carlos Pena, B.J. Upton Stay Cold in Finale of Quick Two-Game Series [NESN.com]
How Should Bobby Valentine Decide Between Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks? [NESN.com]
Ortiz likely to play first base, Gonzalez right field at least once in Philadelphia [Projo Sox Blog]
Youkilis to play third base for PawSox on Friday [Projo Sox Blog]
Red Sox eye series split behind Doubront [RedSox.com]
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