The Red Sox (17-19) square off against the Tampa Bay Rays (23-14) tonight at Tropicana Field in game 1 of their brief two game series. RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31) that's right take a look at those stats again. Buchholz is 4-1 with a 8.31 era, just goes to show how flawed the win stat is for SP's. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95) pitches for the Rays. With Dice K looming it is possible (only possible) that someone will be removed from the rotation in the coming weeks. Despite a better start last time out I believe that Buchholz still has a ways to go to prove that he is right. Out of the 5 starters I believe that he is the biggest question mark at this time. A great start tonight, 7 IP and <3 runs would go a long way.
The lineup should be similar to the last 4 games vs. RH starting pitchers. With Nava, Sweeney and Ross in the OF. Salty at C and the IF remaining the same. Here is a projected order:
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