Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury Look to Keep Bats Hot Against James Shields in Game 1 of Red Sox-Rays Doubleheader

The Red Sox and Rays are hoping to get two in on Tuesday despite a recent onslaught of rainstorms in the Boston area.

Jon Lester and James Shields will take the hill in the opener, with first pitch expected just after 1 p.m. ET. David Ortiz, was supposed to be batting fifth on Tuesday, has had much success against Shields in his career, sporting a .333 batting average with three homers, eight doubles and 13 RBIs in 29 at-bats. Big Papi, however, was a late scratch due to illness.

Dustin Pedroia, batting second and playing second, has a .351 average in 37 career at-bats against Shields. In seven at-bats against Shields this season, leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury has a .429 BA (3-for-7) and a solo shot against the righty.

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Jed Lowrie, DH
Carl Crawford, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Mike Aviles, SS

Rays
Desmond Jennings, LF
Sam Fuld, RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist DH
B.J. Upton, CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Kelly Shoppach, C
Elliot Johnson, SS

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