David Ortiz' period of soul-and-or-bat searching will continue for a second game Friday night as the Red Sox try to go 2-0 to start their series against the Texas Rangers.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Shin-Soo Choo - RF|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Prince Fielder - DH|
|Hanley Ramirez - DH||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Josh Hamilton - LF|
|Brock Holt - LF||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Robinson Chirinos - C|
|Blake Swihart - C||Adam Rosales - 2B|
|Rusney Castillo - RF||Hanser Alberto - SS|
|Steven Wright - RHP||Yovani Gallardo - RHP|
With Ortiz still out, there's no change in store for the lineup that actually managed to win a game, but it was Eduardo Rodriguez who really took down that one. Steven Wright has been reliable this year, going at least five innings and allowing at most three runs in each of his four outings this year (be they in relief or as part of the rotation), but it's hard to imagine him matching Rodriguez zero-for-zero tonight, particularly in Texas.
The Red Sox, at least, will have a pitcher they know they can handle to face. They scored four off Gallardo when last they met just 10 days ago. And while, yes, David Ortiz was responsible for half those runs, the entire top two-thirds of the lineup seemed to have a good night against Texas' righty.
First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.