Allen Craig will get the start in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez in left Tuesday night as the Red Sox try to snap a four-game losing streak in Fenway Park.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS (14-12)||BOSTON RED SOX (12-14)|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Steven Souza - RF||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|James Loney - 1B||David Ortiz - DH|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|David DeJesus - LF||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Allen Craig - LF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Brock Holt - RF|
|Joey Butler - DH||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Bobby Wilson - C||Blake Swihart - C|
|Drew Smyly - LHP||Rick Porcello - RHP|
This will be the day we remember, Red Sox fans. The day without Hanley Ramirez, when hope seemed lost. The day we were forced to come face-to-face with the idea of replacing the best bat in the lineup with one sporting a .442 OPS. And the day that Allen Craig, finally granted both consistent at bats and a healthy foot, began his return to the ranks of the elite.
Because let's be fair to him, 2014 was a lost season. 2015 he's seen 45 plate appearances spread out over 30 days. It's damn hard to establish anything at the plate with that kind of playing time, and if he's still managed to do even less than might have been expected from anyone put in a similar position, there's no telling what consistent at bats will do for a player who, lest we forget, was once pretty great.
Now that I've sold you--what's that? I haven't? Not even believable enough for Hollywood? But they make movies where national security rests on the shoulders of Vin Diesel and The Rock driving fast cars!
Yeah, I don't buy it either.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.