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Red Sox Notes: A.J. Catching Lackey vs. Bedard; Pedroia Raking; Sizemore Scuffling; 28 Years Ago Today...

Although lefthander Erik Bedard will be on the mound for the Rays in Tuesday night’s first game of the three-game set at Fenway Park. Both David Ross and AJ. Pierzynski have been successful against Bedard – although, Ross in a much smaller sample size, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI, while Pierzynski is batting .429 going 9-for-21 with two home runs and four RBI.

Sticking to a basic left-right platoon, the game would seem to be a natural for the right-handed hitting Ross to be in the lineup with the left-handed hitting Pierzynski getting a day off. Instead, Pierzynski will be behind the plate, catching for John Lackey, and batting seventh, with Ross on the bench.

Monday’s off-day made the decision easier, manager John Farrell said, along with the work that Lackey and Pierzynski have done recently.

Lackey, making his sixth start of the season, has yet to work with Ross this year. He is 3-2 with a 4.22 ERA working entirely with Pierzynski. In his last outing, Wednesday against the Yankees (the Pineda pine tar game), Lackey pitched a gem, one of his best games with the Sox, going eight innings, giving up one run on seven hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

“They’re coming off a couple of games in which they worked very well together,” Farrell said. “A.J. has had a lot of success against Bedard as well. Again continues to find or we’re looking for ways to lengthen out the lineup as best possible.

“That doesn’t mean that David is going to find himself not playing against left-handed starters. Just felt like coming off the off-day everyone’s rested to go and this is the combination.”

Ross has made nine starts behind the plate, with Pierzynski making 17. Before the season, Farrell said he believed Pierzynski would make 100-110 starts, with Ross making 50-60. The current pace would have them each within that target zone, with Ross at about 56 and Pierzynski at about 106.
• Since getting a cortisone on April 14 shot to reduce inflammation in his left wrist, Dustin Pedroia has gone 16-for-51, batting .314 with a .417 on-base percentage, six doubles, nine walks, and five strikeouts . He has reached base in 11 of 12 games in that stretch, batting lead-off in six.
• In 10 games, since his last multi-hit game on April 13, when he went 2-for-5 against the Yankees, Grady Sizemore is 3-for-37 with, a double, a triple, four runs scored, three RBI, four walks, and 11 strikeouts, leaving 21 runners on base. Farrell believes much of that can be attributed to the steady diet of off-speed pitches Sizemore has been given.
• Over the last four games, Sox relievers have given up 11 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings, for a combined ERA of 8.74. In the first 22 games they allowed just 17 earned runs over 70 2/3 innings, for an ERA of 2.16 in that span. But the Sox bullpen is third in the AL with a 3.07 ERA, behind only Oakland at 2.73 and Cleveland at 3.06.
• Left-hander Chris Capuano 14 1/3 innings are the most among AL pitchers who have not allowed a run, trailing only Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, with 15 innings. It is also the second-longest scoreless streak, behind Rodriguez. Going back to last season, Capuano has pitched a total of 21 scoreless innings since Aug. 31 with the Dodgers against the Padres.
• On this date in 1986, Roger Clemens pitched the first of his 20-strikeout games, against the Mariners at Fenway Park on his way to the Cy Young and MVP awards.

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“They’re coming off a couple of games in which they worked very well together,” Farrell said. “A.J. has had a lot of success against Bedard as well. Again continues to find or we’re looking for ways to lengthen out the lineup as best possible.

“That doesn’t mean that David is going to find himself not playing against left-handed starters. Just felt like coming off the off-day everyone’s rested to go and this is the combination.”

Ross has made nine starts behind the plate, with Pierzynski making 17. Before the season, Farrell said he believed Pierzynski would make 100-110 starts, with Ross making 50-60. The current pace would have them each within that target zone, with Ross at about 56 and Pierzynski at about 106.
• Since getting a cortisone on April 14 shot to reduce inflammation in his left wrist, Dustin Pedroia has gone 16-for-51, batting .314 with a .417 on-base percentage, six doubles, nine walks, and five strikeouts . He has reached base in 11 of 12 games in that stretch, batting lead-off in six.
• In 10 games, since his last multi-hit game on April 13, when he went 2-for-5 against the Yankees, Grady Sizemore is 3-for-37 with, a double, a triple, four runs scored, three RBI, four walks, and 11 strikeouts, leaving 21 runners on base. Farrell believes much of that can be attributed to the steady diet of off-speed pitches Sizemore has been given.
• Over the last four games, Sox relievers have given up 11 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings, for a combined ERA of 8.74. In the first 22 games they allowed just 17 earned runs over 70 2/3 innings, for an ERA of 2.16 in that span. But the Sox bullpen is third in the AL with a 3.07 ERA, behind only Oakland at 2.73 and Cleveland at 3.06.
• Lefthander Chris Capuano 14 1/3 innings are the most among AL pitchers who have not allowed a run, trailing only Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, with 15 innings. It is also the second-longest scoreless streak, behind Rodriguez. Going back to last season, Capuano has pitched a total of 21 scoreless innings since Aug. 31 with the Dodgers against the Padres.
• On this date in 1986, Roger Clemens pitched the first of his 20-strikeout games, against the Mariners at Fenway Park on his way to the Cy Young and MVP awards.