After David Price was very much not David Price on Friday night, the Red Sox could use a long, strong outing from Steven Wright.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Shin-Soo Choo, RF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Ian Desmond, CF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Nomar Mazara, LF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Adrian Beltre, 3B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Prince Fielder, DH|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Rougned Odor, 2B|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|Bryce Brentz, LF||Mitch Moreland, 1B|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Robinson Chirinos, C|
|Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright||Starting Pitcher -- A.J. Griffin|
While it was Boston's second straight win, Friday night's big comeback was the first time since the weekend that the Red Sox really produced anything terribly positive for their fans, taking down one of baseball's best records in dramatic fashion. Now they have a chance to secure what would be an encouraging series win behind their most consistent starter in Steven Wright before heading off to Tampa.
While the Red Sox would love shutout innings from Wright, at this point they really need him to go long more than anything. The bullpen has had to cover a lot of innings the past few days, and Clay Buchholz starts game three. The Red Sox have called up William Cuevas for emergency duty, but even in a 6-0 blowout he isn't the guy you want on the mound considering what happened yesterday.
The Rangers have lined up slightly stiffer competition on the mound for the Sox. A.J. Griffin was looking like one of the more interesting young arms in baseball before he was sidelined with Tommy John Surgery, and he's enjoyed some positive early results from his 2016 return. That being said, the Red Sox are getting him fresh off a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the past month-and-a-half, which should give them a better shot than most at getting to him.
First pitch is at 9:20 p.m. ET because that's how they do things in Texas, I guess, with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.