Tonight, newly named All-Star Steven Wright will look to close out this series against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. Last night, the Red Sox, and specifically Craig Kimbrel, were embarrassed by the Rangers in the ninth inning. Last time out, Wright was cruising through five shutout innings before it began to rain in the top half of the sixth. Wright was unable to get a feel for his knuckleball, and served up a meatball to C.J. Cron of the Anaheim Angels. Cron launched a Steven Wright fastball into the seats for a grand slam, but the Red Sox were still able to squeak out a 5-4 win. On the season, Wright is 9-5 with a 2.42 ERA.
The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez, who has pitched surprisingly well this season. In his past eight starts, Perez is 6-0 with a 3.28 ERA, but was not involved in his last decision against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, where he pitched seven strong innings of two-run baseball. Fortunately for the Red Sox, in eight road starts this season, Perez is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA. On the season, Perez is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA, but could provide problems for the Red Sox, who have had issues with lefties so far this season.
In some lineup notes, Ryan Hanigan will make his return to the lineup after being activated from the disabled list. As a corresponding move, Christian Vazquez was optioned back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, as the Red Sox do not have anymore options on Sandy Leon, who has been swinging an extremely hot bat. Moving forward, it looks as if Sandy Leon will be the starting catcher for the Red Sox. Additionally, Bryce Brentz will be starting yet again in left field, as the Red Sox are still easing Brock Holt into the lineup from his concussion. Brentz has played a solid left field, and has even been able to contribute offensively, batting .308 with a home run and three RBIs in seven games.
Check out the probable lineups below: