We all knew it was coming. It's time for the Red Sox to face Terry Francona.
Alright, so, it's a manager. And one who probably doesn't have much in the way of qualms with most of the players currently in uniform. The worst he can do to us is make a good pitching change or not call for a stupid bunt, and any dramatic camera shots will be of a guy sitting in a dugout.
Frankly, unless you're trying to make a story out of it, this is just any other baseball game between two random teams. Yes, Tito will be there, and yes, it might feel weird for a while. But at the end of the day it's not going to make any real difference when it comes to what happens on the field.
With that out of the way, here are your lineups:
Boston Red Sox (8-4)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Shane Victorino, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Daniel Nava, LF
- Jonny Gomes, DH
- David Ross, C
- Pedro Ciriaco, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront
Cleveland Indians (5-6)
Starting Pitcher -- Ubaldo Jimenez
Stephen Drew's day off is likely of the "fresh off the disabled list" variety, while Jonny Gomes gets the call against a pitcher in Ubaldo Jimenez who simply hasn't showed much in the way of control for a long while. Both he and Jackie Bradley Jr. are plenty capable of drawing walks, but Gomes is the one who's more likely to punish Ubaldo for hanging one over the middle.
Meanwhile, this will be ust the second look we get at Felix Doubront this year. The bullpen isn't exactly exhausted, but Uehara did go yesterday, so it would be good if Felix at least managed six innings, keeping Boston's reliance on their sketchier relief options to a minimum.