Clay Buchholz (L), Ervin Santana (R)

After being swept for the third consecutive time in Tampa, the Boston Red Sox make the trip up I-75 for the first game of a two-game set with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA this afternoon.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Braves television market, you can catch the game on SportsSouth. If you don’t live in either market, you’re in luck as ESPN will have coverage of the game (outside of Red Sox and Braves television markets). You can also catch the game online on WatchESPN where available. And if you can’t catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

The struggling Clay Buchholz makes his 10th start of 2014. In his previous nine starts, Buchholz is 2-4 with a 6.32 ERA. Today marks his first career start against the Braves and at Turner Field.

Ervin Santana makes his ninth start of the 2014 campaign for the Braves. In his previous eight starts, Santana is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA. He made two starts against the Red Sox as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 2013 and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP). He’s made 13 career starts against the Red Sox and is 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA.

Boston Red Sox20-29 Alanta Braves28-21
1. Brock Holt 3B 1. Jason Heyward RF
2. Xander Bogaerts SS 2. B.J. Upton CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Freddie Freeman 1B
4. David Ortiz 1B 4. Justin Upton LF
5. A.J. Pierzynski C 5. Chris Johnson 3B
6. Jonny Gomes RF 6. Andrelton Simmons SS
7. Grady Sizemore LF 7. Ramiro Pena 2B
8. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF 8. Gerald Laird C
9. Clay Buchholz P 9. Ervin Santana P
Clay Buchholz SP  Ervin Santana SP


C/1B Ryan Lavarnway has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 25-man roster, RP Alex Wilson was optioned to the PawSox.

Here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Boston Red Sox @ Atlanta Braves Batter/Pitcher Matchups

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Red Sox call up Lavarnway [espn boston]

Red Sox call up C Ryan Lavarnway, send P Alex Wilson to Pawtucket [full count]

Ben Cherington remaining patient, for the time being [providence journal]

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