After splitting the first two outings of a four-game series, the Red Sox look to build on yesterday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Fenway Park. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (8-10)
1. Grady Sizemore (L) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
6. Daniel Nava (S) RF
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. AJ Pierzynski (L) C
9. Brock Holt (L) 3B
SP: Jake Peavy (RHP) (0-0, 1.93 ERA)
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B
4. Adam Jones (R) CF
5. Matt Wieters (S) C
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. David Lough (L) LF
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP) (0-3, 7.31 ERA)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN, 93.7 WEEI
Notes: Things may be picking up, as the Red Sox have won three of the last four after a 3-8 stretch … the team is still in last place in the AL East but only two wins behind the first-place Yankees and Blue Jays (10-8) … Boston’s relievers are doing their jobs, as Chris Capuano (8 SO/1 BB in 9.0 IP), Junichi Tazawa (10 SO/1 BB in 8.2 IP), and Koji Uehara (11 SO/1 BB in 7.0 IP) have combined for 29 strikeouts and only three walks in 24.2 scoreless innings.
A few additional notes…
• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has been on the disabled list since April 5 with a right calf strain, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Monday and play again on Wednesday and Thursday. He will be reevaluated after that.
• Right fielder Shane Victorino, who has been on the DL all season after straining his right hamstring in the final spring training game, will resume his rehab assignemtn Monday and Tuesday. He will be then be reevaluated with the possibility of acitivatiuon after that. He is expected to get four at-bats Monday, playing seven or eight innings, and nine innigns on Tuesday.
• Peavy is making his fourth start of the season, third at home. He is still looking for his first win. He has the third-lowest ERA among major league pitchers with at least three starts and no wins. He is sixth among AL qualifying pitchers with a .179 opponents’ average and ninth in strikeouts-per-nine innings at 9.6. In his last two starts, against the Rangers and White Sox, he allowed a combined two runs and six hits over 12 2/3 innings with 16 strikeouts.
• Sizemore is back in center field Sunday night. It will be his third outfield position in as many games.
• Jackie Bradley is not in the lineup tonight, a scheduled day off manager John Farrell said.
• Jimenez has gotten off to a difficult start this season, which has been par for the course for his career. In 30 March/April starts he has a record of 10-12 with a 5.21 ERA, his highest ERA for any month. In five career starts against the Sox he is 1-3 with a 10.27 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs over 23 2/3 innings with one quality start. His teams are 2-3 in his starts against the Sox.
• Despite Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Orioles, the Red Sox are still in last place in the AL East with an 8-10 record. But they are only two games behind the first place Yankees and Blue Jays, who have identical 10-8 records…David Ortiz’s home run on Saturday was the 40th of his career against the Orioles. Among active players (depending on your definition of ‘active’), only Alex Rodriguez has more home runs against the O’s, with 61. Of Ortiz’s 40 home runs against Baltimore, 37 have been while with the Sox, one shy of Jim Rice’s Red Sox record against the O’s since they moved to Baltimore in 1954…Sox pitchers lead the AL and are second in the majors with a 2.46 walks-per-nine-innings ration, giving up 45 walks in 164 2/3 innings, and a 3.51 strikeouts to walks ratio. Sox pitchers lead the AL with 158 strikeouts, fourth in the majors…The Sox have scored four or fewer runs in nine of its last 10 games. Overall this season, the Sox have averaged 3.6 runs scored per game, the second-lowest mark in
the AL, ahead of only Houston at 2.8.
• This is the sixth of 19 games between the Sox and O’s this season. The Sox are 3-2 so far. After the series concludes Monday, their next meeting will be on June 9-11 at Camden Yards. The Sox are 11-13 against the O’s since the start of 2013, with nine of those 13 losses by two or fewer runs. The O’s were the only AL East team with a winning record, 11-8, against the Sox last season. Since Sept. 20, 2011, the O’s are 15-7 at Fenway. The O’s are 26-16 against the Sox since the start of 2012, despite outscoring the Sox by a total of just 13 runs, 184-171.
• Nelson Cruz recorded his 500th career RBI on Saturday when replay overturned an out call on his sixth-inning single, temporarily tying the game. He is the fourth current O’s player to reach that milestone, joining Markakis (612), Hardy (530), and Delmon Young (524). Cruz enters Saturday’s game with 11 RBI this season, seven have come against the Sox…The O’s have not hit a home run in the last four games, their longest homerless stretch since June 15-19, 2012, when they went five straight games. After leading the majors with 212 home runs last season, the O’s are 29th so far this season with six. Only the Royals have fewer with five.
• Chris Davis has reached base in 15 straight games…Darren O’Day has not allowed a run in his last 15 games going back to Aug. 25, 2013.