After winning two out of three against the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics, Boston will look for more success against the San Diego Padres, who have struggled all season.
Pomeranz, who pitched for the Padres for just this season, made the NL All-Star team with the club, posting an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts before he was traded to Boston in mid July.
Roster moves- Koji back
Koji Uehara was activated off the disabled list today from a pectoral strain that has shelved him for the past month. Some people thought he would miss the rest of the season, but he recovered nicely and will return to a struggling bullpen today.
Other roster moves that were made in the second wave of September call-ups were Christian Vazquez, Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez rejoining the club.
All three of these players have spent time in the majors this season. Vazquez hit .226 with a homer and 12 RBI in 51 games this season before being dropped to the minors in favor of Sandy Leon.
Hembree has a 4-1 record with a 2.40 ERA in 30 appearances, including two blown saves. Ramirez has a 6.55 ERA in just 11 games this year, but both pitchers could help the team if a starter gets knocked out early.
Pomeranz returns, Jackson faces Sox again
As mentioned, Pomeranz will take on the Padres for the first time since being dealt from there a few months ago.
Nobody in the current Padres lineup has ever recorded a hit against the big lefty.
On the other side, Edwin Jackson (3-5, 6.26 ERA) will get a start against the Sox, a team he has faced numerous times. The reliever is now on his 11th team in 14 years of service. He is 32 years old.
Aaron Hill has 44 at-bats against Jackson in his career, with eight hits. David Ortiz is a hot 9-22 against Jackson, Pedroia is 7-20 and Hanley Ramirez is 4-18.
Moncada to keep playing, Benintendi improving
Manager John Farrell said that Yoan Moncada will play third base in all three games of the series and that Travis Shaw may play in left field on Wednesday in the final game of the series. Moncada has slipped in as Shaw and Hill have struggled recently.
Andrew Benintendi took batting practice on the field before the game and should be getting a brace tomorrow for support as the healing continues. He will be able to intensify his workouts with the brace.
David Ortiz is not in the lineup Monday as he would have had to play first base in an NL park if he were to play.
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2.) Brock Holt, LF
3.) Xander Bogaerts, SS
4.) Mookie Betts, RF
5.) Hanley Ramirez, 1B
6.) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
7.) Yoan Moncada, 3B
8.) Bryan Holaday, C
9.) Drew Pomeranz, P
1.) Travis Jankowski, CF
2.) Luis Sardinas, SS
3.) Wil Myers, 1B
4.) Yangervis Solarte, 3B
5.) Derek Norris, C
6.) Alex Dickerson, LF
7.) Adam Rosales, 2B
8.) Oswaldo Arcia, RF
9.) Edwin Jackson, P
- Boston has won three of the last four and 15 of the last 23.
- The Sox scored 27 runs against the Athletics in the last series, which included zero in the final game.
- This is Boston's first series in San Diego at Petco Park since 2007.
- Pedroia has hit in 11 straight games.
Red Sox Links:
1.) Questions linger about Oakland's first hit (Boston Herald)
2.) Mauricio Dubon homers for AA Portland (MassLive)
1.) Yankees to target Jose Fernandez in offseason? (NJ.com)
2.) Jonathan Lucroy deal complete (MLB Trade Rumors)
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