American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 15th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (4-4) at Boston Red Sox (3-5), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (0-0, 2.70)
Boston - Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.60)
(Sports Network) - Matt Moore takes another shot at win No. 1 this afternoon
when the Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game set with the Boston Red Sox
at Fenway Park.
Moore pitched well in his season debut in Detroit, but struggled with his
command, as he walked five batters. Other than that he was fine, surrendering
two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings and did not factor in the decision
of his team's 5-2 loss.
"That's guy terrific," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of the 22-year-old
left-hander. "To be honest, that's the first time I've seen him live, and he
was as advertised. I was really impressed."
This will be Moore's first start against the Red Sox, but he did allow a run
in a two hits in a three-inning relief stint last season.
Today, he will be trying to shut down a Boston offense that is starting to hit
After scoring 12 runs in the series opener on Friday, the Red Sox' bats were
at it again on Saturday, as David Ortiz went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run
and three-run double in Boston's 13-5 rout.
Cody Ross also hit a two-run home run and finished with four RBI, Jarrod
Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer while Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia added
solo shots for the Red Sox, who have taken the first two games of this set by
a combined 25-7 margin. Clay Buchholz (1-0) gave up five runs on six hits with
three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings of work.
"I felt really good physically. I felt like in the beginning of the game my
changeup wasn't there, everything was up," Buchholz said. "I was trying to be
too quick to the plate out of the stretch and that caused the pitches to be up
in the zone, but after that third inning when I gave up a run everything
started to settle."
Before the game, the Red Sox placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day
disabled list with a shoulder injury which could possibly sideline him
anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Luke Scott hit a three-run home run and drove in four for the Rays, who have
dropped three straight. Jeremy Hellickson went five innings in the start and
gave up five runs on seven hits. Burke Badenhop (0-1) took the loss for giving
up a run in 1 1/3 innings.
"Definitely location," Hellickson said of the reason for his struggles. "I've
got to execute what I want to throw and just didn't do that."
Getting the call for the Red Sox tonight will be young lefty Felix Doubront,
who like Moore, is also looking for his first win of the season. Doubront
didn't get a decision on Monday in Toronto, as he allowed two runs and four
hits in five innings of the Red Sox' 4-2 win. He also struck out six.
"Felix was awesome," said Pedroia. "He came out and attacked the zone. I
thought he was great."
Doubront has faced the Rays four times (one start) and is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA.
Tampa was 12-6 versus the Red Sox last season, with seven of those wins coming
On this the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier
Major League Baseball is commemorating this special occasion by having all
players and on-field personnel once again wear the Hall of Famer's No. 42 in
addition to other pregame festivities.
04/15 10:31:03 ET