The Red Sox lineup looks much the same as it did Saturday night--at least once Shane Victorino was replaced by Mookie Betts--with Sandy Leon catching the day game after the night game the only difference to be found.
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Mike Trout - CF||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Albert Pujols - 1B||Hanley Ramirez - LF|
|Kole Calhoun - RF||David Ortiz - DH|
|David Freese - 3B||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Chris Iannetta - C||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|C.J. Cron - DH||Rusney Castillo - RF|
|Taylor Featherston - 2B||Brock Holt - 3B|
|Collin Cowgill - LF||Sandy Leon - C|
|Hector Santiago - LHP||Wade Miley - LHP|
There was little enough reason to change things up coming off Boston's best game of the month at the plate. The only argument could be for moving Mike Napoli up after his offensive outburst, but switching the five and six spots won't exactly make much difference, and why mess with success, however limited?
While Rick Porcello brought Boston's run of solid pitching to an end a couple nights ago, Steven Wright put it back on track Saturday, and perhaps no man in the rotation needs another strong start so much as Wade Miley. He's coming off perhaps his most impressive pitching performance of the year, and seems to finally be hitting his stride on the mound. Another couple of positive May outings could go a long way to silencing his doubters.
First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
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