The Red Sox(17-20) look to split the series tonight in St. Pete vs. the Rays (24-14). LHP Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.46) pitches for the Sox and LHP Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31) pitches for the Rays. The Red Sox have had pretty good success against Moore so far this season. Once during spring training and once during the regular season at Fenway. The Rays won last night 2-1. Even though they lost the pitching continues to be strong for the Sox. The bullpen did a good Houdini act last night and Buchholz was average. The two runs were scored against them on a balk and a shallow fly ball that was played into a sac fly by Cody Ross. Doubront will be looking to shake off getting hit by a ball in bp two days ago and give his third solid start in a row.
The offense needs to step up tonight and score enough runs to win the game. A win tonight can get them back on the right track and help them head into Philadelphia this weekend with confidence. Ultimately if the starting pitching continues to pitch well and give us a chance to win every game we are going to win a lot of games. According to multiple media reports Adrian Gonzalez predicted that he will hit a home run in tonight's game. So hopefully he's right and hopefully there are 3 people on base when it happens.
Here's my projected lineup for tonight:
Gonzalez 1B (you can put it on the board...yes!)
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