6/15: I may need a new remote after tonight

Boston Red Sox (39-27) @ Tampa Bay Rays (36-31)
Josh Beckett (5-1, 2.06) @ Jeremy Hellickson (7.4, 3.03)
7:10 PM EDT | Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, FL)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510

INJURY REPORT

Boston: Bobby Jenks, left back tightness (Placed on the 15-day on DL June 8); Rich Hill, left elbow sprain (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 3, retroactive to June 2) Franklin Morales, left forearm strain (Placed on the 15-day DL on May 29, retroactive to May 26); Daisuke Matsuzaka, sprained elbow (Placed on the 15-day DL on May 17, transferred to the 60-day DL on June 3); Junichi Tazawa, right elbow surgery (placed on the 60-day DL on March 26)

Tampa Bay: Jeff Niemann, lower back strain (Placed on the 15-day DL on May 6, retroactive to May 5)

GAME NOTES

Well that came to an abrupt end. The Rays, behind “Complete Game” James Shields, shut out the Red Sox 4-0 to end the Red Sox nine-game winning streak. Taking the mound to hopefully start a new streak is Josh Beckett. In his last start Josh got the win against the New York Yankees, pitching seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits and two walks against six strikeouts. In 16 games started against the Rays, Beckett has a 7-4 mark with a 3.43 ERA. Beckett’s 2.06 ERA ranks second in the Majors behind Jered Weaver’s 2.058 ERA, and is second in the American League in opponent average (.188, behind Justin Verlander’s 1.85). Again, watch out for Johnny and Evan: Damon owns a 14-48 (.292) mark with two homers and nine RBI against Beckett, and Longoria has hit him for a 12-34 mark (.353) with two homers and eight RBI.

Rookie righthander Jeremy Hellickson (the #6 prospect in the game according to Baseball America) takes the ball for the Rays tonight. In his last start, Hellickson gave up a career high five runs in 5-2/3 innings against the Orioles, surrendering a solo homer and a grand slam before settling down. Among rookie pitchers, Hellickson ranks first in wins (7) and opponent average (.208), is second in ERA (3.03) and strikeouts (52), and is third in innings pitched (77.1). This will be Jeremy’s second start and third appearance against the Red Sox, so nobody on the Sox has had statistically significant success against Hellickson. Yet.

Lineups

Red Sox

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Jed Lowrie, SS
  8. J.D. Drew, RF
  9. Jason Varitek, C

Tampa Bay

  1. Johnny Damon, DH
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Matt Joyce, RF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. John Jaso, C
  8. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  9. Reid Brignac, SS

Fun Facts

- Adrian Gonzalez leads the Majors with a .347 batting average, 60 RBI, and 22 doubles, is tied for the Major League lead with 159 total bases, and leads the American League with 94 hits and 29 multi-hit games. Yeah, he’ll do.

- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a pitcher threw a shutout to end a Red Sox winning streak of at least nine games was Jim Abbott of the California Angels on August 30, 1989.

- On June 15, 1947, two days after being traded to the Red Sox from Chicago for Rudy York, first baseman Jake Jones hit two homers and a two-run single in a doubleheader sweep of the White Sox.

- And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Roberto Luongo eats worms. Go Bruins!

Categories: Adrian Gonzalez Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox Evan Longoria Game Threads Jake Jones Jered Weaver Jeremy Hellickson Jim Abbott Johnny Damon Josh Beckett Justin Verlander Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Roberto Luongo Rudy York Tampa Bay Rays

Scott Candage is a long-time Red Sox fan. He recently came in third in the 127th annual Upperclass Twit of the Year competition. His best friend is a tree and he is a stockbroker in his spare time.

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  1. frozendesert June 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM #

    Woot! Hellboy!

    On a more serious note, I'm new here. I've been a closet Red Sox fan for about 14 years, since I saw the Red Sox play the Atlanta Braves at Turner in 1998 for my first baseball game. With the not-so-recent transfer of the Braves from Ted Turner to Ted Turner's company to Liberty Media, pornmongorers of Colorado, along with the recent issue of lowered payroll/Fredi Gonzalez/fan apathy (not very new for the Braves)/the departure of our scouting department for greener (yes, that means cash) pastures, I've decided to bloom out my hidden feelings for this team. I attended my first game at Fenway earlier this year, and I feel that it's time.

    So… Red Sox nation, what can I learn about this team? Did Theo Epstein really make a deal with the devil? Does the anti-Christ really play/manage/own the New York Yankees? Did the curse of a pig really doom the Sox for years?

    Please do teach me.