According to Nick Cafardo's twitter account and the Boston Globe Mark "beg for mercy" Melancon has been sent down to Pawtucket with Junichi Tazawa being called up to Boston. This move should not come as a surprise (the Deacon predicted this during last night's live chat) he needs to get his confidence back and he can't even do it in a mop up role in the big leagues so there really were no other options then sending him down. As of a month ago the relief pitchers who were expected to pitch the 8th and 9th innings are both no longer on the active roster. Those jobs now belong to Padilla, Morales and Aceves.
Today's pitching matchup: Josh Beckett RHP vs. Derek Holland LHP. The Red Sox player with the best numbers vs. Holland is Nick Punto and he's not even in the lineup. Josh Hamilton has good career numbers vs. Beckett so look to that matchup early on tonight to see how Beckett is throwing. If he can get Hamilton out early that should be a good indication that Beckett will have another strong start.
No word yet today on the status of Kevin Youkilis and his groin injury. If he has another night like last night he may be the next to go with Will Middlebrooks called up to take his place. Mike Aviles made a strong case defensively last night for Jose Iglesias to be called up as well. Although he has not hit well at all in Pawtucket.
No live chat tonight. So leave your thoughts and comments here. Here is today's lineup: