Sox-Orioles lineups; Lavarnway batting fifth

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Sox-Orioles lineups; Lavarnway batting fifth

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Lavarnway is back in the Red Sox' lineup, and batting fifth this time, as the Sox face the Orioles in a must-win game at Camden Yards.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Carl Crawford LF
Mike Aviles 3B

Jon Lester P

Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Crawford, who had been dropped to the eighth position when the Orioles started a left-hander, would return to the No. 2 spot on Wednesday. But he apparently changed his mind, as Crawford is still at No. 8 despite Baltimore starting a right-hander.

ORIOLES
Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Vladmir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis 3B
Nolan Reimold LF

Alfredo Simon P

Simon is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his last six starts, thought he pitched relatively well (8 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs) against the Tigers last Friday.

First impressions: Wright again the victim of poor run support

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First impressions: Wright again the victim of poor run support

CHICAGO -- First impressions of the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to the White Sox.

 

Steven Wright has a 1.67 ERA, and somehow, has three losses.

Wright was again the victim of poor run support. He pitched six innings, allowed just two runs and yet was saddled with the loss, dropping him to 2-3.

In his three losses to date, here are the scores of the games when he left: 2-0, 2-1, 2-1.

Some poor command in the third cost Wright a bit. He walked the first two hitters of the inning, and after a groundout moved the runners over, issued an intentional walk to load the bases. A groundout then scored a run for the White Sox, who never threatened again.

In fact, after the intentional walk, Wright retired 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced.

 

Carson Smith pitched as expected.

Making his Red Sox debut after missing the first month with a forearm strain, Smith retired the White Sox in order and needed just nine pitches to get the three outs.

Smith's M.O. is that he has a heavy sinker and can make hitters swing-and-miss. He got two groundouts, then overpowered Austin Jackson with a mix of sinkers and sliders for an inning-ending strikeout.

 

The Red Sox fell to 0-3 against lefty starters.

Obviously, it's an extremely small sample size. And maybe it's because the Sox haven't had a lot of looks at lefties, having faced just two in their first 25 games before Tuesday night.

Then again, Chicago starter Jose Quintana has always been tough on the Red Sox. Even before limiting them to a single run over seven innings, Quintana was 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in six previous starts.

Boston hit the ball hard three times. Once, Hanley Ramirez homered to right. Twice, White Sox outfielders took extra bases away from David Ortiz (Austin Jackson in the first) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (Adam Eaton in the third).

 

Junichi Tazawa has been excellent, but not Tuesday night.

Tazawa came into a 2-1 game in the eighth. The first four hitters to face him went: bunt single, walk, (wild pitch), two-run double, walk.

Granted, one of the hits was a bunt. But you can't afford to issue two walks and throw a wild pitch in a one-run game.

That outing came after nine straight scoreless outings, and had been scored upon in just one of his first 11 outings.

But Tazawa couldn't locate Tuesday and it cost him.

 

Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

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Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

Chris Gasper does not think that Pablo Sandoval is a complete lost cause for the Boston Red Sox, because he will have ot play for the team again to rebuild his value.

Buy or Sell: Steven Wright is legit front-line starter?

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Buy or Sell: Steven Wright is legit front-line starter?

Mike Giardi and Bob Neumeier play a game of ‘Buy or Sell’ on SNC and give their opinion on what Boston Red Sox players they are buying into.