Game 1 begins now, Game 3 will probably end about 27-28 hours from now. That's a lot of baseball. Too much? Is that possible? It might be...
The Sox will start things off with a mostly full lineup, albeit with Mike Aviles filling in fore Scutaro and his still-sore back.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Mike Aviles, SS
Jon Lester will receive the call for the afternoon start, hoping to bounce back from a couple of mediocre-average games against New York and Minnesota.
#31 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
Jan 07, 1984
|2011 - Jon Lester||11-6||22||22||0||0||0||0||141.0||122||54||52||16||52||135||3.32||1.23|
Meanwhile, James Shields will try and show that he's the man who shut the Sox out back in May, not the six earned in six innings Shields from July.
#33 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Dec 20, 1981
|2011 - James Shields||11-9||24||24||8||4||0||0||176.2||139||60||55||18||48||167||2.80||1.06|
Go Sox! Get back to being your mid-season selves.