6/28: Cultchah

Boston Red Sox (45-32) @ Philadelphia Phillies (49-30)
Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86) @ Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87)
7:05 PM EDT | Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
TV: NESN, MLB Network RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510

INJURY REPORT

Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 19, retroactive to June 17); Carl Crawford, strained left hamstring (Placed on the 15-day DL June 18); Jed Lowrie, right shoulder injury (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 17); Rich Hill, left elbow sprain (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 3, retroactive to June 2, transferred to the 60-day DL on June 27); Daisuke Matsuzaka, sprained elbow (Placed on the 15-day DL on May 17, transferred to the 60-day DL on June 3)

Philadelphia: Ryan Madson, bruised right hand (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 28, retroactive to June 19); Roy Oswalt, lower back inflammation (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 24); Jose Contreras, right forearm strain (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 23, retroactive to June 20); Joe Blanton, right elbow inflammation (Placed on the 15-day DL on May 23, retroactive to May 16); Brad Lidge, right posterior rotator cuff strain (Placed on the 15-day DL on March 30, retroactive to March 25, transferred to the 60-day DL on April 29)

GAME NOTES

The Red Sox hope that better competition brings better results as they come into Philadelphia tonight for the first game of a three-game series against the Phillies. Starting for the Red Sox will be Josh Beckett. Beckett is finally feeling better and will have his first start since his stellar start against the Rays, where he had a complete-game one-hit shutout on 97 pitches. Beckett is 8-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 appearances (17 starts) against Philadelphia in his career, and is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three Interleague starts against the Phillies since joining the Red Sox. Chase Utley is 8-25 with two home runs and four RBI against Beckett. The Red Sox activated Bobby Jenks and Franklin Morales from the 15-day DL and optioned Scott Atchison and Tommy Hottovy to Pawtucket.

Cliff Lee is starting for the Phillies tonight. Lee also had a complete-game shutout in his last start, giving up six hits and one walk against three strikeouts against the Cardinals. Lee is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in his career against the Red Sox. Adrian Gonzalez (surprise!) is hitting .700 against Lee (7-10) with one homer and three RBI.

Lineups

Red Sox

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. Darnell McDonald, LF
  6. Jason Varitek, C
  7. Mike Cameron, RF
  8. Marco Scutaro, SS
  9. Josh Beckett, P

Philadelphia

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Shane Victorino, CF
  6. Raul Ibanez, LF
  7. Domonic Brown, RF
  8. Carlos Ruiz, C
  9. Cliff Lee, P

Fun Facts

- Don’t forget to join us for a live chat with our friends at Crashburn Alley tomorrow night.

- The Red Sox have won 14 of its last 18 road games and 17 of its last 22 since May 13.

- On June 28, 1984, Dwight Evans hit for the cycle in a 9-6 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

- And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: John Kruk’s love of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches led the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to place the cow on the endangered species list in 1993.

Categories: Adrian Gonzalez Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox Chase Utley Cliff Lee Dwight Evans Franklin Morales Game Threads John Kruk Josh Beckett Philadelphia Phillies Scott Atchison St. Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Rays Tommy Hottovy

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.

5 Responses to “6/28: Cultchah” Subscribe

  1. ScottCandage June 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM #

    After losing two series to National League middling to bad teams, will the Sox play up to their competition? What do you think?

  2. ScottCandage June 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

    Well it looks like our friends at Crashburn Alley will be crowing tomorrow night.

  3. darryljohnston June 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM #

    Ugh. Losing sucks. This Red Sox team is streaky and this started with the Brewers series.

  4. evanbrunell June 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM #

    I agree the Sox are streaky, but it's Cliff Lee.

  5. Walt in Maryland June 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM #

    I have a bad feeling about this series. Lackey doesn't match up well against this lineup, and Cole Hamels is very capable of doing ths same thing Thursday that Lee did last night.

    For a team that leads the majors in runs scored, the Sox certainly don't look like a potent lineup right now. They're missing Crawford and Lowrie, and they can't use Ortiz without weakening themselves defensively at two positions.

    Just hoping they can gut out at least one win the next two days and maybe do some damage in Houston this weekend. Interleague play can't end soon enough.