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Game 106: All Eyes On Theo Epstein As Red Sox Look For Series Victory In Chicago

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After defeating the Chicago White Sox yesterday by a score of 10-2, the Boston Red Sox look to win just their second game against the White Sox Sunday afternoon and claim a series victory. While Sunday afternoon baseball is always nice, most fans are focused on what exactly Theo Epstein and the Red Sox front office will do on this July 31, the MLB Trade Deadline. Until then, we shall play some ball.

Andrew Miller

#30 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox

6-7

210

L

L

May 21, 1985

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Andrew Miller 4-1 7 7 0 0 0 0 34.2 41 24 21 5 24 17 5.45 1.88

Taking the mound for the Red Sox this afternoon will be left-hander Andrew Miller, who is in search of his fifth win of the season. Miller will look to improve upon his last start; a start in which he gave up nine hits and five earned runs over three and two thirds innings against the Royals. In just one start against them this year, Miller is 0-1 with a 9.58 ERA.

Mark Buehrle

#56 / Pitcher / Chicago White Sox

6-2

230

L

L

Mar 23, 1979

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Mark Buehrle 8-5 20 20 0 0 0 0 134.0 140 53 48 12 29 72 3.22 1.26

Opposing Miller will be White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who will be looking for win number nine on the season. In his last start in Detroit, Buehrle pitched six scoreless innings while surrendering 10 hits. In his career against Boston, Buehrle is a career 6-6 with a 4.57 ERA. Here is the lineup Buehrle will do battle with:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Carl Crawford, LF

7. Darnell McDonald, RF

8. Jason Varitek, C

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

No, Josh Reddick isn't getting traded; it's just a day off for him against the left handed Buehrle. In his place will be Darnell McDonald, who's actually been pretty decent in his last few plate appearances. Varitek will have the catching duties with Andrew Miller on the hill. Maybe this helps him out. As we furiously refresh the OTM trade deadline thread in anticipation for 4:00 p.m., I leave you with this:

Go Sox!