While the Red Sox pitching staff is in shambles, they are trotting out an impressive, veteran-laden lineup day-in and day-out. It’s not the norm for a team sitting 18 games out of first place in late August, so it’s possible the Sox really are putting their best foot forward as they seek to find the right lineup for 2015.
Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs in Boston’s 11-7 win over Toronto Tuesday and David Ortiz was back in the lineup for the Sox on Wednesday night. Mike Napoli has been bashing the ball lately, highlighted by the three runs he drove in Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
The Sox are averaging 4.08 runs in the month of August.
The Sox take on fellow AL East basement dweller Tampa Bay this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50 ERA) will get the ball for the Sox on Friday, Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81) will make the start on Saturday, Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77 ERA) will throw for the Sox Sunday and Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81 ERA) is slated to wrap up the Labor Day weekend series on Monday.
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