Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw are both in the lineup Wednesday night as the Red Sox try to take the series win from the Colorado Rockies.
|BOSTON RED SOX
|Mookie Betts, RF
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B
|Xander Bogaerts, SS
|David Ortiz, DH
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
|Travis Shaw, 3B
|Ryan Hanigan, C
|Blake Swihart, LF
|Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright
|Starting Pitcher -- Chad Bettis
It's good to see both men in the lineup, Shaw with his thumb, and Ramirez with the foot after being hit by a pitch in Tuesday's game. Hanley's spent pretty much the last month limping about whenever the situation doesn't call for running in much the same way Shane Victorino did in his time in right. There might be some point in the year where the Red Sox look to get him some prolonged time off, but for now, he'll soldier on.
As for Shaw, there was perhaps some possibility that he would get today off as well when John Farrell couldn't give him the whole of Tuesday. But thankfully, Shaw's eagerness to get into the game (he had his helmet on the second Hanley got hit) would suggest that thumb injury is every bit as minor as it was made out to be.
On the mound, it will be Steven Wright up against the deceptively strong Chad Bettis. He sits with a 4.18 ERA on the year, but remember, this is Colorado we're talking about, making anything shy of five something of a miracle. He's been unusually stingy with walks this season, but that should play into the new, more aggressive Red Sox hitting style. Regardless, he's a far sight better than Jorge De La Rosa has been, so the Red Sox might need Steven Wright to live up to the high standards he got back to setting for himself last week against the Royals.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.