Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (56-53) at Boston Red Sox (66-45), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Patrick Corbin (12-2, 2.24)
Boston - Jake Peavy (8-4, 4.28)
(Sports Network) - Jake Peavy said he will relish every opportunity he gets to
pitch in front of the home crowd at Fenway Park.
The time has come for the newest Red Sox hurler to take center stage and the
right-hander will make his Boston debut Saturday versus the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the second installment of a three-game series.
Acquired in a three-team trade from the Chicago White Sox before Wednesday's
deadline, Peavy was added to bolster an already solid rotation and went 8-4
with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts for the White Sox. Peavy is a three-time All-Star
and 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner while with San Diego, and is anxious to help
the Red Sox on their postseason quest.
"I couldn't have asked for anything more to come to a team who is now in first
place with a realistic chance this year of being a world champion, which is
why we all play the game," Peavy said during his introductory press
conference. "To have a chance to compete in the postseason. It would be a
dream come true. That's something I know a lot of other guys expect, and I
expect to do it and be a contributing factor here going forward."
Peavy, a right-hander, has faced the D'backs plenty of times in his career
from his days with the NL West inhabitant Padres and owns a 13-12 mark with a
4.66 earned run average in 29 starts against Arizona.
His new rotation mate, Jon Lester, struggled in Friday's 7-6 loss in the
series opener and was touched for six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Pedro
Beato was dealt the loss for allowing Cody Ross' leadoff home run in the top
of the seventh inning.
Boston, of course, was coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over the
Seattle Mariners the night before.
"We started to put it together," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Things
started to build, a little momentum, similar to the feeling that we've had the
last couple of nights. But, unfortunately, it didn't happen here tonight."
David Ortiz homered and Stephen Drew went 2-for-2 with a home run and three
RBI for the Red Sox, who still lead the AL East by one game over Tampa Bay.
The Rays lost to San Francisco Friday night. The Red Sox are 37-21 at Fenway
Park this season and had won three in a row and five of six games.
Arizona is fighting for the top spot in its respective division, the NL West,
and received a big boost from Ross against Boston. Ross, a former Red Sox
player, ended with four hits, including the big homer in the seventh, and
drove in three runs, while Paul Goldschmidt went deep for the D'backs.
"Obviously, I want to come in here and perform and play well. Anytime you play
against one of your old teams, you want to do that," said Ross, who hit 22
homers and had 81 RBI in 130 games for Boston last season. "But I have no hard
feelings toward anybody in this organization."
Ross has six homers and 21 RBI in his last 20 interleague games.
Arizona starter Randall Delgado held on for the win even though he permitted
six runs -- four earned -- in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one
The D'backs are 6-6 in their last 12 games.
Patrick Corbin had his personal winning stopped at three games his last time
out and looks to bounce back Saturday for the visitors. Corbin suffered a
hard-luck loss in Sunday's 1-0 decision to San Diego and lasted eight innings,
allowing the lone run with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Corbin is 12-2 on the season in 21 starts with a 2.24 earned run average,
while the D'backs are 18-3 when he toes the rubber. The All-Star right-hander
has never faced Boston and sports a 4-1 record in nine road assignments.
These teams are meeting for the first time since Boston swept a three-game set
back in 2010. In fact, the Red Sox have won eight of the last 10 in the
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