The Red Sox wrap up the brief two-game set with the Reds in a matinee matchup today.
The Sox will be without veterans David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia in today’s starting lineup. Pedroia has played in 115 of 118 Red Sox games this season. Brock Holt gets the start at second base today. Ortiz, who gets squeezed out of the DH spot in the NL park, played at first base last night. Mike Napoli is back in his regular position today.
Rookie Anthony Ranaudo gets the start for Boston. The 24-year-old righthander picked up a victory in his major league debut against the Yankees on Aug. 1. Ranaudo held New York to two runs in six innings, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out two.
Here are the full lineups for today’s tilt:
RED SOX (53-65)
1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
2. Daniel Nava (S) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
8. Dan Butler (R) C
9. Anthony Ranaudo (R) SP (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
5. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
6. Kris Negron (R) 2B
7. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) SP (9-10, 3.42 ERA)
Game time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Great American Ball Park
TV/Radio: NESN / MLBN / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)
Notes: Cespedes is now batting .263 with two homers and seven RBIs since joining to the Red Sox… Ranaudo went 13-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 22 starts for the PawSox before getting called up to Boston… The Red Sox avoid facing Homer Bailey today as his scheduled start was pushed back to Saturday due to a sore elbow… Leake picked up the win in two of his last three starts, striking out 20 in 20.2 innings to go along with a 1.31 ERA in that stretch… Leake allowed two runs and left with a lead in the seventh inning at Fenway in May before the Reds bullpen snatched defeat from victory by giving up two runs in the 4-3 loss to the Sox… Some encouraging numbers from the starters over the last four games: 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched… The Red Sox offense continues to struggle, ranking last in the AL this season with 3.79 runs per game… Today concludes the Red Sox’ eight-game, 10-game road trip as the club returns to Fenway to open an 11-game homestand starting tomorrow against the Astros.