San Diego Padres (30-44) @ Boston Red Sox (44-28)
Mat Latos (4-8, 4.06) @ Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 3.30)
7:10 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
San Diego: Brad Hawpe, strained left middle finger (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 12, retroactive to June 19); Aaron Harang, right foot contusion (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 13, retroactive to June 10); Luke Gregerson, strained oblique (Placed on 15-day DL on June 9, retroactive to June 7); Joe Thatcher, strained left shoulder (Placed on the 15-day DL on March 29, retroactive to March 22, transferred to the 60-day DL on May 4); Mike Baxter, left thumb surgery (Placed on the 60-day DL on March 28)
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); 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)
That sure escalated quickly. The Red Sox used a 10-run seventh inning to cruise past the Padres 14-5 last night at Fenway Park. In tonight’s matchup, Alfredo Aceves will be pitching in the place of Josh Beckett, who has caught a bout of the dreaded “intestinal turmoil.” Aceves is making his fourth start of the year, and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings pitched as a starter. In his last start, Aceves surrendered a career-high eight runs (six earned) against the White Sox. The only current Padre to have faced Aceves is Jason Bartlett, who is 0-3 against him.
Mat Latos takes the mound for the Padres tonight. Although Latos’s overall numbers don’t look great, he has pitched better recently: he has gone 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA in his last five starts dating back to May 25. Latos ranks 10th lowest in the National League in run support received, getting only 3.23 runs of support per start. Latos has never faced the Red Sox before in his career and no Red Sox player on the current roster have batted against him.
- Chris Denorfia, RF
- Jason Bartlett, SS
- Chase Headley, 3B
- Ryan Ludwick, LF
- Jesus Guzman, DH
- Orlando Hudson, 2B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Cameron Maybin, CF
- Nick Hundley, C
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- J.D. Drew, RF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Marco Scutaro, SS
- Josh Reddick, LF
– After starting the season 0-6, the Red Sox have gone 44-22 (.667).
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Red Sox became the first team since the 1930 Yankees to have scored 14 runs in a game six times in a span of 30 games or less.
– On June 21, 1916, Red Sox pitcher George Foster threw a no-hitter against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.
– And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: When the Padres promoted recent draftee Dave Winfield directly to the Majors, KVWN-TV Channel 4 anchorman Ron Burgundy said on the air, “I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but Dave Winfield is the greatest athlete in the history of the universe, and our Padres will win every World Series from now until the end of time.”