2:06 p.m.: Xander Bogaerts got the start at shortstop and made his major league debut Tuesday. Stephen Drew, who replaced Bogaerts as part of a double switch in Boston’s 3-2 loss, will return to the starting lineup Wednesday.
The Red Sox’ lineup is pretty standard, in fact. David Ortiz, who sat out Tuesday, will be back in his customary cleanup spot while playing first base.
Check out the complete lineups below.
Red Sox (74-54)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, 1B
Jonny Gomes, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Felix Doubront, LHP (8-6, 3.95 ERA)
Andres Torres, CF
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Hunter Pence, RF
Joaquin Arias, 3B
Roger Kieschnick, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Barry Zito, LHP (4-8, 5.34 ERA)
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are putting their fans through the wringer lately.
We’ve seen the highest of highs and lowest of lows over the last few weeks. It’s led to panic followed by tranquility followed by more panic. Tuesday’s loss, which followed a gem thrown by Jon Lester on Monday, undoubtedly has some Red Sox fans scratching their heads.
The Red Sox fell to the Giants 3-2 on Tuesday, with Marco Scutaro working a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to cap San Francisco’s victory. Franklin Morales struggled with his control in the ninth, which prompted John Farrell to turn to Brayan Villarreal, who threw four straight balls to Scutaro. It was a curious decision, and it’s one that cost the Red Sox big time.
The Red Sox enter Wednesday’s series finale in the Bay Area tied with the Rays atop the AL East. In fact, Boston (74-54, .578) is actually a few percentage points behind Tampa Bay (72-52, .581).
The Sox would certainly like to finish their three-game series against the Giants with a victory, especially with three games against the red-hot Dodgers looming. Felix Doubront will take the ball for Boston, and he’s looking to bounce back after back-to-back subpar starts.
There’s some good news, though. You won’t have to lose much sleep Wednesday night. Wednesday’s contest is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET, so get home, throw on some sweats, grab a cold one and tune in on NESN.
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