Tonight’s Red Sox Lineup: Mike Napoli Back at First Base

The Red Sox and White Sox play the rubber game of their three game series tonight in Chicago where the temperatures have soared into the 50s. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (6-9)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
6. David Ross (R) C
7. Daniel Nava (S) RF
8. Ryan Roberts (R) 3B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
SP: Jon Lester (L) (1-2, 2.57 ERA)

1. Adam Eaton (L) CF
2. Marcus Semien (R) 3B
3. Dayan Viciedo (R) RF
4. Adam Dunn (L) DH
5. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Leury Garcia (S) 2B
SP Chris Sale (L) (3-0, 2.66 ERA)


Game time: 8:10 p.m.
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI (93.7 FM)
Notes: The Red Sox have won their two previous rubber games this season, 4/3 at BAL and 4/9 vs. TEX, and have taken 10 of 13 since the 2013 All-Star break… Paul Konerko is 10-for-25 off Lester with 3 home runs off the Sox ace … The Red Sox and White Sox have combined to score only 13 runs over 23 innings… Boston’s batting average over the last seven games has dropped to .172… Red Sox relievers combined to allow just 1 run in 8.0 innings last night, improving the team’s bullpen ERA to 2.42, the best mark in the AL… Jon Lester has given up 2 earned runs or less in each of his last 8 starts dating back to the beginning of the 2013 postseason… Xander Bogaerts has reached base safely 25 times in 15 games thus far in the 2014 season, and has deleted his Twitter account once … Honorary Red Sox Foundation chairman Tim Wakefield will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox Foundation’s “RBI Opening Day” tomorrow, Friday, April 18, at noon, at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury…
Old friend Gabe Kapler talks about Boston and the relationship with fans in this piece for FoxSports.
“There is nowhere on earth like Boston for a player,” Kapler writes. “If you’re the 22nd man on the roster or David Ortiz, the fans appreciate you, particularly if you display grit. If you sacrifice your body for the team, it never goes unnoticed. The Fenway Faithful bleed alongside the players. Hitless in your last 10 at-bats? So is Steve Altman in the bleachers in right field — he’s sick right beside you. Struck out with the bases juiced to end the game? Amanda McCarthy, season ticket-holder from Maine, didn’t stop crying after you disgustedly faced Dan Shaughnessy, Bob Ryan and the countless other media members you were on a first name basis with, and took responsibility in the clubhouse after the game…”

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