Tonight, before the usual ESPN Sunday Night Baseball audience for any Red Sox- Yankee Sunday game, the two teams finish the pre All Star Game portion of the schedule. The Red Sox at 43-42 need the win to enter the break above .500, which it seems they have been battling to do all season.
The Red Sox lineup for tonight is:
For all of you out there you had the Red Sox lineup including Nava, Ciriaco, and Mauro Gomez (at third base, no less) in the Sox starting lineup going into the All Star break tip back another cold one. And based on last night game, there is no reason not to be optimistic for all three guys to help the Sox to a win.
In other notes, Vincente Padilla continues to respond to Mrs. ( oops, Mark) Teixeira's blasting of him after Friday night's game. Among the better comments from Padilla include " He ( Teixeira) is afraid to hit against me" and telling Teixeira to "go play a woman's game". Hopefully Padilla will get a chance to face the Yankee fraud baseman tonight.
In a fair exchange since yesterday the Red Sox used three International League All Stars( Justin Germano, Ciriaco, and Gomez), today's Pawtucket lineup included Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway,and Daniel Bard in relief. Buchholz started and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and a pair of walks, while fanning three. He very well could rejoin the rotation after the break. Jacoby had one hit and is planning to workout at Fenway this week, and then a plan for his return will be finalized, perhaps on Friday. Bard also pitched a scoreless inning.
Before the Sox-Yankee game the annual Futures game is being played showcasing all of the top prospects in the game at 5. It has a World vs. USA format. The top two prospects in the latest RSM poll are both playing. Xander Bogaerts is playing for the World team, and Matt Barnes is on the USA team.