Game 145: Red Sox look for W on Pedro's bobblehead night
Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)
The Red Sox continue their 3 game set tonight against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, who have opened up a 10-game lead in the division with less than 3 weeks to go in the season. They'll send Anthony Ranaudo (3-1, 4.63 ERA) to the mound tonight against Chris Tillman (11-5, 3.40 ERA), who has been on a roll since the start of August, posting a 1.74 ERA and a line of .183/.223/.274 against in that time span.
All eyes will be on ANothny Ranaudo, who is pitching for a spot in next year's rotation. And make no mistake, he could well end up there after he allowed 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees in his last start on Thursday and saying that was the most comfortable he's felt at the big-league level. He'll be looking to build on that tonight, with his mind firmly set on a rotation spot next year. As for the offense, they'll look to reverse Tillman's recent success on Pedro Martinez bobblehead night and temporarily delay Baltimore's seemingly inevitable division crown, which would be their first since 1997.
9/9 vs. BAL: Betts CF, Nava RF, Ortiz DH, Céspedes LF, Napoli 1B, Bogaerts SS, Middlebrooks 3B, Weeks 2B, Vazquez C, Ranaudo RHP
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 9, 2014