BOSTON -- Mike Carp, who has appeared in just five games and made seven plate appearances, is expected to be in the starting lineup for the second game, playing either first base of left field. That would be his second start of the season, after starting April 17 in Cleveland against right-hander Justin Masterson. Carp went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and an RBI in that game.
“I think the thing that stands out is his work in between at-bats to stay ready,” John Farrell said. “That’s not an easy role to fill and the challenging part is to keep him engaged. There’s been an occasional pinch hit and then he gets a spot start and was outstanding against Masterson. He’ll be in the lineup tonight, whether that’s in first or left field remains to be seen. But he’s done an outstanding job of staying sharp as best he can, given the situation.”
- Asked if anything had surprised him about the team’s 12-4 start in the first 16 games, Farrell replied:
“I wouldn’t say surprised, but I think more encouraged by the consistency with which we’ve played, particularly, defensively. And that’s not to say we thought coming out of spring training we thought we’d be pitching as sharp and consistent day in and day out, but we thought we had a lot of talent with the staff. But I think just overall defensively that has been a constant throughout the first 16 games.”
- The Red Sox will wear their home white uniforms, with the special “Boston” script across the chest for the first game, as they did on Saturday. They will wear their regular white jerseys with “Red Sox” on the front for the second game.