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Game 114: Workman Takes the Hill; Betts Optioned Back to Pawtucket

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Joy R. Absalon / USA Today


Brandon Workman looks to followup on the solid start from Joe Kelly last night when the Red Sox take on the Cardinals in the final game of the three-game set tonight at Busch Stadium. Unfortunately, the Sox righthander will be opposing Cards' ace Adam Wainwright.

The Red Sox have optioned Mookie Betts back to Pawtucket to make room for Kelly Johnson who has been on a rehab stint with Double-A Portland. Johnson was on the disabled list with a groin injury that took place before he was acquired from the Yankees. Betts was hitting .244 in 13 games for Boston on the season. Johnson was batting .219 in 77 games for the Yankees before landing on the DL.

Here are the full lineups:

RED SOX (50-63)
1. Brock Holt (L) RF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
6. Christian Vazquez (R) C
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Brandon Workman (R) SP (1-4, 4.08 ERA)

CARDINALS (60-52)
1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Matt Adams (L) 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
6. Oscar Taveras (L) RF
7. Jon Jay (L) CF
8. Tony Cruz (R) C
9. Adam Wainwright (R) SP (13-6, 2.26 ERA)

Game time: 7:15 p.m. ET

Location: Busch Stadium

TV/Radio: NESN / MLBN / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)

Notes: Workman last faced St. Louis in a limited role during the 2013 World Series, going 0-1 while giving up an unearned run in three relief appearances... Workman was roughed up by the Blue Jays in his last start when he allowed five runs -- two earned -- with four hits and four walks in 5 innings of work in a 6-1 loss... Workman has lost his last four starts, checking in with a 5.87 ERA... Wainwright hopes to win a major-league best 14th game tonight... The Cards ace had one of his worst outings of the season last time out, giving up seven runs in 5.1 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Brewers Friday night... Wainwright lost to the Red Sox twice in the 2013 World Series... The Red Sox are 7-7 in interleague play this season... they have seen eight different rookies combine to make an MLB-high 306 starts this season... The Cardinals have been stealing a page from the Red Sox offensive playbook lately, scoring an NL-worst 55 runs since July 13 with a .238 team batting average while going 8-9... Happy Birthday to Ryan Lavarnway (on the 60-day DL recovering from a left hamate fracture), who turns 27 today, and former Red Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria who turned 39 today.

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