The Boston Red Sox (32-22) will try to earn a split in their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies (26-27) tonight, as they have lost two out of the first three. The Sox tried to make a ninth-inning comeback Wednesday, but they fell one run short, as Jonathan Papelbon got his second save in as many nights. Tonight, Franklin Morales gets the nod for the Red Sox in a spot start. Morales began the season on the DL with back issues and a pectoral injury. Last season, Morales split time between the rotation and the bullpen. He threw 76.1 innings with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 76 and walking 30. The lefty held opponents to a .224 batting average.
Morales has made a total of five appearances between Greenville (A), Pawtucket (AAA) and Portland (AA). He is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 17.0 innings pitched and has struck out 13 and walked seven.
Here is the Sox lineup for their final game with the Phillies (first pitch – 7:05 pm EDT):
1. Ellsbury, CF