Game 27 Red Sox Lineups: Lackey Goes for Fourth Win Tonight

The Red Sox open an eight game homestand against rival Rays tonight. The Red Sox won six of 10 games against Tampa Bay at Fenway last season. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (12-14)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
2. Shane Victorino (R) RF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
7. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
SP: John Lackey (R) (3-2, 4.22)

RAYS (11-15)
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Desmond Jennings (R) CF
3. Matt Joyce (L) LF
4. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Wil Myers (R) RF
7. David DeJesus (L) DH
8. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
SP Erik Bedard (L) (0-1, 7.45)


Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Location: Fenway Park, Boston
TV/Radio: NESN / MLB Network / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)
Notes: The Red Sox and Rays play the first of 19 games tonight… Boston won 12 of 19 against the Sons of Joe Maddon last season… Old friend Erik Bedard — with Red Sox in 2011 — returns to Fenway to face his former club…. The Sox are 6-3 this season when facing a lefthanded starter… Rays starters Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Jeremy Hellickson are all currently on the disabled list… A.J. Pierzynski is batting .429 off Bedard (9-for-21 wth two homers)… Evan Longoria is batting .323 off Lackey — 10-for-31 with two homers… Xander Bogaerts has hit safely in a career-high 10 straight games… Mike Napoli has reached base safely in 23 of 24 games this season, including a career-high 21 straight games… Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 11-of-12 games since he returned to the starting lineup… Jerry Remy has a stomach flu according to NESN and will be out of tonight’s broadcast. Steve Lyons, who was scheduled to serve as studio analyst on NESN’s pre and post-game programs tonight, will join Don Orsillo in the broadcast booth as a fill-in game analyst.

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