After taking two-of-three against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox return to historic Fenway Park for a seven game homestand. Tonight they'll kick it off with the first of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the White Sox television market, you can watch the game on CSN Chicago. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Aaron Cook makes his fifth start of 2012 for the Red Sox. In his previous four starts, Cook is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA. He faced the White Sox once in 2011 as member of the Colorado Rockies and picked up a no decision after allowing one run in six innings of work. He's made two career starts against the Chisox and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12 IP).
Dylan Axelrod steps in for an injured Gavin Floyd to make his sixth start (ninth appearance) of the season. In his previous eight appearances (five starts), Axelrod is 1-2 with a 6.16 ERA. His only career appearance against the Red Sox came back on April 27th when he allowed a run in 2.1 innings of work. Tonight marks his first Fenway start and appearance.
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Here are today's lineups:49-39 45-44 1. Alejandro De Aza
CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury
CF 2. Kevin Youkilis
3B 2. Carl Crawford
LF 3. Adam Dunn
DH 3. David Ortiz
DH 4. Paul Konerko
1B 4. Adrian Gonzalez
3B 5. Alex Rios
RF 5. Cody Ross
RF 6. A.J. Pierzynski
C 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 7. Dayan Viciedo
LF 7. Will Middlebrooks
3B 8. Alexei Ramirez
SS 8. Mike Aviles
SS 9. Gordon Beckham
2B 9. Pedro Ciriaco
2B Dylan Axelrod
SP Aaron Cook
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
NOTES: As you can see from the lineup, Crawford has been activated from the 60-day disabled list. Brent Lillibridge will be designated for assignment to make room on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters for Crawford.
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Best Of Kevin Youkilis and Dan Roche [cbs boston]
Aftershocks from Kevin Youkilis-Bobby V feud still being felt by Red Sox [clubhouse insider]
First pitch: Crawford has plenty to overcome in return [csn new england]
Bobby vs. Youk: Does it matter? [csn new england]
Video: Big night at Fenway [espn boston]
What's Wrong With Daniel Bard? [grantland]
Bad situation only got worse for Bobby Valentine, Kevin Youkilis [tony massarotti - boston globe]
Kevin Youkilis' Return to Boston Full of Storylines and Other Thoughts From the Week in Baseball [nesn.com]
Report: Red Sox Believed to Be Among Teams Interested in Francisco Liriano [nesn.com]
A Series Matter: Red Sox-White Sox and Returns [projo sox blog]
Cook takes the ball for opener against White Sox [redsox.com]
Good to see Jacoby Ellsbury in leading role [touching all the bases]
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