Say what you will about Jarrod Saltalamacchia' plate approach or skills behind the plate. There's no questioning his endurance. One day after playing catching 18 innings of baseball, Saltalamacchia is back behind the plate for nine more ...
Say what you will about Jarrod Saltalamacchia' plate approach or skills behind the plate. There's no questioning his endurance. One day after playing catching 18 innings of baseball, Saltalamacchia is back behind the plate for nine more as the Red Sox go for the sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston Red Sox (44-29)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Daniel Nava, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jonny Gomes, LF
Stephen Drew, SS
Jose Iglesias, 3B
Starting Pitcher -- Ryan Dempster
Tampa Bay Rays (36-35)
Matt Joyce, LF
Desmond Jennings, CF
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B
James Loney, 1B
Wil Myers, RF
Kelly Johnson, DH
Jose Molina, C
Yunel Escobar, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Jeremy Hellickson
Noticeably absent is Shane Victorino. Typically having Jonny Gomes in against a right-handed pitcher would be cause for concern, but after blasting a game-winning homer off of a righty last night, he has perhaps earned the benefit of the doubt for the night.
While it almost feels like it's been a rough run for Ryan Dempster of late, Boston's starter for the night has actually allowed just 10 runs in his last 27.2 innings, good for a 3.25 ERA. With five walks in his last outing, there are some issues that need to be ironed out, but suffice it to say he's stemmed the mid-May bleeding. The same cannot be said for Jeremy Hellickson, who just coughed up eight runs in less than six innings against the Royals.
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