Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Red Sox at Phillies: June 28th through June 30th
Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 1:05
Red Sox 45-32, 2nd Place in A.L. East, 1/2 game behind the Yankees
Phillies 49-30, 1st Place in N.L. East, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
First Game: The first time these two franchises squared off was back in Game 1 of the 1915 World Series on October 8, 1915. Grover Alexander pitched a complete game for the win, besting Ernie Shore and the Red Sox. The Red Sox would win the next four games to win the Series. I'm sincerely hoping the Phils get a chance to even the score this October.
Meet the Sox: Manager - Terry Francona has been the Red Sox manager since the 2004 season. Prior to that, he had four rather unsuccessful seasons as the Phillies manager from 1997 through 2000.
Starters - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (c), Adrian Gonzalez (1b), Dustin Pedroia (2b), Kevin Youkilis (3b), Marco Scutaro (ss), Josh Reddick (lf), Jacoby Ellsbury (cf), J.D. Drew (rf), David Ortiz (dh)
Rotation - Josh Beckett (rhp), John Lackey (rhp), Jon Lester (lhp), Tim Wakefield (rhp), Andrew Miller (lhp)
Bench - Jason Varitek (c), Drew Sutton (inf), Mike Cameron (of), Darnell McDonald (of)
Closer - Jonathan Papelbon (rhp)
Bullpen - Alfredo Aceves (rhp), Matt Albers (rhp), Scott Atchison (rhp), Daniel Bard (rhp), Tommy Hottovy (lhp), Dan Wheeler (rhp)
Disabled List - Clay Buchholz (rhp), Rich Hill (lhp), Bobby Jenks (rhp), Daisuke Matsuzaka (rhp), Franklin Morales (lhp), Jed Lowrie (ss), Carl Crawford (lf)
At the Ballpark: It's going to be electric at the ballpark over the next few days, which is worth more than any freebie or promotion. Nevertheless, all kids will receive a W.B. Mason/Phillies collectible truck on Wednesday night.
Red Sox Probables: Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86), John Lackey (5-6, 7.36), Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66)
Phillies Probables: Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87), Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83), Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49)