Red Sox vs. Rays: Brandon Workman tries again, David Ortiz back in lineup

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Workman will try to do in his second start what he could not in his first: beat the Rays.

Brandon Workman will try to get the Red Sox to five straight wins Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BOSTON RED SOX
David DeJesus - DH Brock Holt - 3B
Ben Zobrist - 2B Xander Bogaerts - SS
Matt Joyce - LF Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B David Ortiz - DH
James Loney - 1B Jonny Gomes - LF
D. Jennings - CF A.J. Pierzynski - C
Wil Myers - RF Mike Carp - 1B
Yunel Escobar - SS Grady Sizemore - RF
Jose Molina - C Jackie Bradley - CF
David Price - LHP Brandon Workman - RHP

It's good to have David Ortiz back in the lineup after a calf issue led to a late scratch last night. Hopefully I'm not just jumping the gun here only for the Red Sox to pull the rug out from under my feet with another scratch.

Workman's first outing as part of Boston's 2014 rotation came against these very same Rays just five days ago, and while it wasn't exceptional, he did at least manage to keep the Red Sox in the game right up until Craig Breslow got tagged for five runs. Since that point, of course, the Red Sox have won four. The Rays? Three straight losses. Hopefully this is a chance for the Red Sox to catch Tampa Bay going the other way, rather than an opportunity to see old trends re-established.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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