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.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

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