San Diego Padres (31-44) @ Boston Red Sox (44-29)
Clayton Richard (2-9, 4.35) @ John Lackey (5-5, 7.02)
1:35 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)
The Red Sox take their one game lead in the American League East into their final game of the three-game series with the Padres at Fenway Park this afternoon. Trying to rebound from last night’s 5-4 loss to the Fathers, the Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound. Lackey has won three games in a row since returning from the disabled list and he’s looked pretty good since his return. In his last outing he got the win against the Brewers, surrendering four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. He gave up two runs in the first and third innings but faced just three batters in each of his other six innings. Lackey is making his first career start against the Padres, but has faced Jason Bartlett (8-25 with one RBI) and Orlando Hudson (6-23 with three RBI).
Clayton Richard will face the Red Sox today. Richard took the loss against the Twins in his last start, his fourth straight start with a loss, going five innings and surrendering six runs (five earned) on a season-high 10 hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. This will be Richard’s first start against the Red Sox. Mike Cameron (2-6 with one home run) and Marco Scutaro (2-4 with one home run) have had success against Richard.
- Will Venable, 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
- Darnell McDonald, LF
- Drew Sutton, SS
- Jason Varitek, C
- Mike Cameron, RF
– Last night’s attendance was 38,422, the largest attendance at Fenway Park in the post-World War II era.
– The Red Sox lead the Majors in average (.278), OBP (.352), OPS (.803), runs (399), RBI (386), hits (714), doubles (161), extra-base hits (261) and total bases (1,159), are second in slugging (.451) and walks (.277), and are tied for third in home runs (84).
– On June 22, 1907, the Red Sox traded Bill Dineen to the St. Louis Browns for Beany Jacobson and $1,000.
– And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Ozzie Smith invented his backflip to honor team owner and McDonald’s co-owner Ray Kroc. “If I’m working for a burger flipper,” said Smith, “I may as well flip myself.”