Boston Red Sox (0-1) @ Texas Rangers (1-0)
John Lackey (0-0, -.–) @ Colby Lewis (0-0, -.–)
8:05 PM EDT | Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1510
Boston: Felix Doubrount, left elbow inflamation (place on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/22)
Texas: Tommy Hunter, strained groin (placed on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/25); Omar Beltre, back surgery (placed on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/22); Brandon Webb, right shoulder surgery (placed on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/22); Scott Feldman, right knee surgery (placed on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/22)
Yesterday was interesting, two players that I have the utmost amount of faith in failed (Jon Lester and Daniel Bard) and one that has a few questions, David Ortiz, homered off a lefty, something he did only twice all of last year. John Lackey will be opposing Colby Lewis tonight in game 2 of the season. Lewis is a right-hander so I would expect to see J.D. Drew in right but otherwise the same starters for the Red Sox. Personally, I hope Mike Napoli is not starting for the Rangers. Is it just me or does he seem to hit an awful lot of homeruns against the Red Sox? Yesterday was his seventh in 80 career at-bats.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
On July 31, 2002, Lackey made his first career start against the Red Sox. The Red Sox won the game 2-1 with Tim Wakefield getting the start and win. The man who drove in what proved to be to winning run in that game was Brian Daubach. He hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth scoring Nomar Garciaparra. That was one of his 78 RBIs on the season, a career high. Daubach retired after the 2005 season and is currently managing the Hagerstown Suns (Single A-Nationals) of the South Atlantic League.