Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 13th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (30-32) at Miami Marlins (32-30), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Felix Doubront (6-3, 4.34)
Miami - Ricky Nolasco (6-4, 4.36)
(Sports Network) - Wins have been hard to come by lately for the Miami Marlins
and they would enjoy nothing more than to grab a series win over the Boston
Red Sox tonight before hitting the road.
The Marlins and Red Sox will close out a three-game set in south Florida and
have split the first two installments of this series. Miami took the opener,
4-1, on Monday before dropping a 2-1 decision last night. Mark Buehrle was the
tough-luck loser and permitted both runs and five hits in seven innings.
"Buehrle pitched well enough to win once again," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen
said. "He pitched well, kept the team in the game. He had one bad inning with
a couple bloopers here and there, one ball hit hard. He pitched well."
Logan Morrison had two hits and his homer in the seventh inning accounted for
Miami's scoring. Jose Reyes, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez all ended with
two hits for the Marlins, who have lost seven of eight games on a nine-game
homestand and sit six games off the lead in the National League East.
Miami will begin a six-game road trip against Tampa Bay and Boston on Friday.
Ricky Nolasco gets the call for the Fish tonight and he is only 2-4 with a
6.23 earned run average in his last six starts. Nolasco threw six innings in
Friday's 5-1 setback to the Rays in which he allowed three runs and six hits
to fall to 6-4 in 12 starts and raise his ERA slightly to 4.36.
Miami opened the season with a 5-1 record in Nolasco's first six starts. He
went 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in that span. Nolasco is 2-3 in six home starts this
season and won his only start against Boston on June 18, 2009 in a 2-1
victory. The righty pitched five innings of one-run ball at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox ended a four-game slide and won for just the second time in nine
tries with Tuesday's close win. Kelly Shoppach had an RBI double and Mike
Aviles singled in a run during the seventh inning to lead Boston, which
received another strong performance from starting pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz struck out nine batters and allowed one run in seven innings, while
scattering five hits to lift his record to 7-2. Vicente Padilla pitched a
scoreless eighth inning and Alfredo Aceves notched his 15th save in the ninth.
"I thought Clay was absolutely fantastic," said Red Sox manager Bobby
Valentine. "(He's) throwing the ball as well as we've seen him throw it all
year. He's really on a roll."
Buchholz has won three straight starts and hasn't lost since May 16. Red Sox
slugger David Ortiz was not in the starting lineup last night and struck out
as a pinch-hitter. Big Papi could return to first base on Wednesday and is
eight homers shy of 400 in his career.
Boston will also visit the Chicago Cubs on its seven-day, six-game road trip
and is last in the American League East at 6 1/2 games off the pace.
Felix Doubront will try to pitch himself back into the win column when he
takes the ball for Boston tonight. Doubront had won two straight and five of
six starts until a 7-4 loss versus Washington on Friday in which he
surrendered six runs and eight hits in just four innings. The loss dropped
Doubront to 6-3 in 12 starts this season and raised his ERA to 4.34.
Doubront is 4-1 in six road assignments this season and the southpaw will face
the Marlins for the first time.
The Marlins have lost seven straight series to the Red Sox since winning two
of three in Boston in 1997. Miami is hosting Boston for the first time since
the 2006 campaign. The Red Sox hold a 16-10 advantage all-time against the
Marlins, including a 7-4 mark as the visitor.
06/13 10:46:27 ET