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Monday, 20 May 2013 19:46

Surging Red Sox look to remain hot in Chicago

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Coming off their second road sweep of the season against the Minnesota Twins this weekend, the Boston Red Sox look to finish off their nine game and three city tour in style with a three game stop in Chicago to face the White Sox.

The Red Sox are coming off their first weekend series sweep of the Twins in Minnesota since June 12-14, 1976.

Last season, Boston took three out of four in Chicago and will have a tough test on Tuesday night against left hander Jose Quintana, who pitched eight scoreless innings at Fenway Park last July 19 and earned the win. Also, the Red Sox will have to face lefty Chris Sale, who leads the AL in strikeouts. Sale has pitched in five games against the Sox but all were in relief.

One White Sox Player that has owned the Red Sox in his career is Jeff Keppinger, who has a career .345 average in 20 games played against Boston. He has three runs and 10 RBIs against the Sox too and is known to hit lefties well.

Will Middlebrooks’s bat maybe starting to come around finally. In six games played on this roadtrip so far, he has hit two home runs and has knocked in five runs.


Here are the Pitching Matchups for this series:

Tonight: LHP Jon Lester (6-0, 2.72) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27), 8:10 p.m., NESN. Tuesday: LHP Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.03) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.97), 8:10 p.m., NESN. Wednesday: RHP Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53), 8:10 p.m., NESN


Series Notes:

Red Sox in Chicago:  Boston is playing their first three game series in Chicago on a Monday-Wednesday span since June 15-17, 1998 and the Red Sox are looking for their first three game sweep in Chicago since August 20-22, 2004. Boston swept the White Sox in a four game set August 24-26, 2008.

Bailey activated:Today, the Red Sox activated closer Andrew Bailey from the DL and optioned pitcher Jose De La Torre to the Pawsox. Bailey just finished up a brief rehab stint with the Pawsox while De La Torre appeared in two games allowing two runs in two outings despite throwing a scoreless inning last week in Tampa Bay striking out two. With Junichi Tazawa filling in closer, it is expected that Bailey will resume being the closer going forward with Tazawa going back to his normal seventh or eighth inning role.


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