Good afternoon. Here's a preview of Game 2 of the Red Sox' fourth straight interleague series. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (34-33)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (7-3, 4.17)
Pitching: RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-5, 4.37)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Marlins vs. Doubront: Infante 0-3, Ramirez 1-3, Reyes 1-3, Ruggiano 0-3, Sanchez 0-3, Solano 0-2, Stanton 1-3, Hayes 0-2, Kearns 0-1, Nolasco 0-1.
Red Sox vs. Nolasco: Gonzalez 5-18, Ross 2-6, Ortiz 1-3, Pedroia 1-5, Middlebrooks 0-3, Aviles 1-2, Doubront 0-1, Saltalamacchia 0-2, Youkilis 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The last time Ricky Nolasco pitched at Fenway Park he threw a no-hitter. Well, technically. It was a rain-shortened, five-inning game that the Marlins won, 2-1, June 18, 2009.
Notes: Dustin Pedroia aggravated a thumb injury and is not in today's lineup. Nick Punto will take his place at second. ... This game is a rematch of a June 13 game in Miami when Doubront shut down the Marlins over seven innings and the Red Sox exploded for six runs in the eighth inning. The Sox won 10-2 ... The Red Sox took two of three games in the first series against the Marlins ... The Red Sox have scored 337 runs and allowed 308 this season ... The Red Sox trail the Yankees by 7 games in the AL East.
UPDATE: Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spoke about Pedroia, who appeared to aggravate his hand in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, in his weekly appearance on WEEI's Big Show. "Dustin came in, said he felt really good," Valentine said. "He had an examination this morning, thought he was a little… there was more shock than worry last night when that ball got in on his hands. But he said he felt good, I’m going to take the cautious route again and give him the day off. Nick Punto’s in the lineup today but Dustin said he was alright… I don’t they took any X-rays or anything, no, or any MRI, there appeared to be no swelling, like I said that ball just got in on him yesterday and I think he said he was a little more shocked than he was injured.”