Red Sox-Rays lineup; pregame notes


Red Sox-Rays lineup; pregame notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The lineups are in for Wednesday night's Red Sox-Rays game:

Ryan Sweeney CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross RF
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Aviles SS

Clay Buchholz P

Ben Zobrist RF
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Carlos Pena 1B
Luke Scott DH
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Will Rhymes 2B
Jose Molina C
Elliot Johnson SS

Jeremy Hellickson P

Some pregame notes from the Red Sox' P.R. department:

-- The Red Sox swept a two-game series against the Mariners with a 5-0 win Tuesday for the clubs fifth straight win . . . Boston has won five straight games for the second time this season . . . The five-game run is the longest active streak in the Majors.

-- Boston has allowed just three runs over its last four games, the longest such streak in the Majors this year and the clubs longest allowing one run or less since a four-game stretch from Sept. 12-15, 2009 . . . The teams last longer such stretch was five straight games from April 26-May 1, 1946, a span that included five complete-game wins (Boo Ferriss, Tex Hughson, Mickey Harris, Joe Dobson and Ferriss again). . . . The Red Sox are looking for a sixth straight quality start today for the first time since an eight-game stretch from May 22-29, 2011.

-- Since April 23, Sox relievers lead the Majors in ERA (1.37) and innings (78 23) . . . Excluding Darnell McDonalds 1.0 inning on May 6 vs. Baltimore (3 R), the Sox 'pen has a 1.08 ERA (7 ER58.1 IP) in May.

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.