Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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[August 05, 2014]
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The St. Louis Cardinals welcome back a few
familiar faces as they continue their quest for a division title with
the opener of a three-game interleague series against the visiting
Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Allen Craig and Joe Kelly return to St. Louis
for the first time since being sent to Boston at Thursday's trade
deadline for John Lackey, who worked seven strong innings to notch the
win in his Cardinals debut on Sunday against Milwaukee. The victory
pulled St. Louis within one game of the Brewers for first place in the
National League Central and moved it one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh
for the second wild-card spot.
Craig went 1-for-4 in his first game with Boston on Friday but
injured his ankle and missed the team's final two contests versus
the New York Yankees, while Kelly is slated to start against his
former club on Wednesday. The Red Sox have faded from postseason
contention, losing 10 of 12 after putting together a five-game
winning streak that bridged the All-Star break to sink deeper into
the basement in the American League East and see their deficit for a
wild-card berth reach double digits. St. Louis is just 7-7 in the
second half but enter the series having won two of three from
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.64 ERA) vs.
Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (11-8, 2.98)
De La Rosa looks to halt a two-game skid as he makes his 10th start
of the season. Both of the losses came against Toronto, which held
the Red Sox to a total of two runs in the defeats while reaching the
25-year-old Dominican for 10 - nine earned - and 18 hits over 10
innings. De La Rosa, who never has faced the Cardinals, is 0-3 with
a 6.04 ERA in four road outings.
Lynn also enters with a two-game
losing streak but pitched well enough to win both contests, yielding
two runs - one earned - while working at least six innings in each
of them. The 27-year-old won his previous three starts and has
allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last five outings.
Lynn, who will be pitching against Boston for the first time in the
regular season, is 7-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 12 home turns.
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1. Boston will miss Lackey in the series but will see C A.J. Pierzynski,
who is 6-for-22 (.273) with two RBIs in six games for St. Louis since
signing with the team after being released by the Red Sox in mid-July.
2. Cardinals CF Jon Jay is expected back in the lineup after missing
five games with a sore wrist.
3. St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta is one home run shy of matching the
franchise record for a shortstop (16) shared by Daryl Spencer (1960) and
Edgar Renteria (2000).
PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Red Sox 1
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