The Red Sox are back at Fenway Park for what could be a cold and rainy weekend. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (4-5)
Marco Scutaro SS
J.D. Drew RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Bill Hall CF
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.17).
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Reid Brignac 2B
Dioner Navarro C
Pitching: RHP Wade Davis (0-1, 6.00).
State of the Sox: The team returns from a 3-3 road trip to Kansas City and Minnesota to start a 10-game homestand against the Rays, Rangers and Orioles.
Pedroia power: Dustin Pedroia is off to a ridiculous .405/.422/.811 start. He has seven extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Pedroia is 11 of his last 20 (.550) with five extra-base hits.
Tampa terror: Josh Beckett is 6-1, 3.49 in his last nine starts against the Rays in Boston, 5-0, 2.86 in the last seven such starts. He is 7-4, 3.68 in 15 career starts against the Rays.
Chumps no more: The Sox were 13-5 against the Rays in 2007, outscoring them by 49 runs. The Sox are 17-19 against the Rays since in the regular season.
Creeping along in the clutch: The Red Sox were 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position in the first game of the season. They are 12 of 65 (.185) since, leaving 57 runners on base over eight games.
Land of opportunity: Bill Hall has started games in center field (first time since 2007) and shortstop (first time since 2006) already this season.
More strikes needed: Jonathan Papelbon has four walks and one strikeout in his 4.1 innings. He has thrown only 41 of 74 pitches for strikes.
He was, after all, traded for Coco Crisp: Ramon Ramirez has put nine runners on base in three innings.
On the iPod right now: (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer
Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Interesting lineup. Pedroia moves out the second spot for the first time this season. Martinez sits so Varitek can catch Beckett. The only two games Varitek has started were Beckett starts, which is no coincidence.
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: This from the Sox:
The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Telvent DTN) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for intermittent light to moderate rain showers during the afternoon and evening hours.
The Fenway Park gates are expected to open at the regularly scheduled time of 5:10 p.m., and the Red Sox are hopeful that tonight’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., will be played. However, the Red Sox want to alert our fans to the current forecast and to the possibility of delay.
This forecast is of course subject to change as the day progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.