Boston Red Sox (45-33) @ Philadelphia Phillies (50-30)
John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) @ Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83)
7:05 PM EDT | Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
TV: NESN, ESPN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
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)
Hoping to rebound from the gem pitched by Cliff Lee, the Red Sox face the Phillies in the second game of a three-game series tonight at Citizens Bank Ballpark. Pitching for the Sox tonight is John Lackey. Lackey took the loss in his last start against the Padres, lasting only 3-1/3 innings and surrendering 5 runs on four hits, four walks and two hit batters against four strikeouts. Adrian Gonzalez will make his second career start in right field tonight, so all Sox fans will be holding their breath for approximately three hours.
Taking the mound for the Fightins tonight is Vance Worley. Worley fared well in his last start, a no decision against the Athletics, pitching six shutout innings with only one hit and four walks against four strikeouts. This will be Worley’s first career start against the Red Sox.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, RF
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, 1B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Josh Reddick, LF
- Marco Scutaro, SS
- John Lackey, P
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Placido Polanco, 3B
- Chase Utley, 2B
- Ryan Howard, 1B
- Shane Victorino, CF
- Raul Ibanez, LF
- Domonic Brown, RF
- Brian Schneider, C
- Vance Worley, P
– Don’t forget to join us for a live chat with our friends at Crashburn Alley tonight.
– Adrian Gonzalez’s first start in right field was on September 30, 1995 as a member of the Texas Rangers. He had three putouts but also committed an error. He also made it through the game without injury.
– On June 29, 1986 the Red Sox traded Steve Lyons to the White Sox for Tom Seaver.
– And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: After winning 27 games in 1972, Steve Carlton pitched with his left foot in 1973. He went 13-20. Carlton then went back to pitching with his left hand in 1974.