AL East Standings
|Team||W||L||Pct||GB||X W||X L|
|Boston||15||10||.600||--|| 13|| 12|
|Baltimore||13|| 9||.591||0.5|| 11|| 11|
|Tampa Bay||12||11||.522||2.0|| 13|| 10|
|New York||12||12||.500||2.5|| 12|| 12|
|Toronto||10||14||.417||4.5|| 12|| 12|
Red Sox: Buchholz pitched brilliantly in his last start, firing six shutout innings in a victory over the Rangers. He allowed five hits and struck out six. Opponents are hitting .274 against Buchholz. This will be his first career appearance against Tampa Bay. Buchholz has given up three earned runs or less in three of his four starts. Buchholz has pitched eight games in his young career, going 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA.
Rays: Jackson suffered through another sub-par start Sunday against the White Sox when he allowed six earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander continues to show electric stuff, but struggles on the days when his stuff is not at its best. Jackson has worked to try and minimize the big inning, which he did not do well against the White Sox, when he allowed the White Sox to put away the game with a four-run fifth inning.
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Probable Line Up Vs Jackson
|Totals ||57|| 45||15|| 6|| 0|| 1|| 7|| 11|| 9|| .333|| .456|| .533|
Some pretty good numbers vs Jackson especially from Ortiz and Drew (Pedroia discarded since only 5 PA's). If I was Terry Francona though I would consider sitting Manny tonight and play Coco. In Coco's 14 PA's he is batting .308 / .357 / .462, which is better than Manny's 0-1. Still, Manny is on a roll so, it is defensible to start Manny.
Oh, even if Varitek is healthy, play Cash. At least he has no history which is better than Varitek's 0 for 7.
|Jackson|| 4|| 0|| 0|| 2|| 1|| 0|| 0||26 2/3||31||16||16|| 2||17||23||5.40|| 1.80|
|Buchholz|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 0.0|| 0.0|
As a starter Jackson has went 22 1/3 innings in 4 starts (high 6 twice, low 5) with both of his wins coming at the Tropicana field. In Tampa he has given up only 4 runs in 11 1/3 innings. So, this guy is tough at home. Very tough at home.
So, do not be surprised if Jackson is tough tonight at the Trop.!