Felix Doubront to Start, Ryan Sweeney to Lead Off As Red Sox Look to Build on Win

by NESN Staff

May 12, 2012

Felix Doubront to Start, Ryan Sweeney to Lead Off As Red Sox Look to Build on WinBoston shook off a stretch of poor play with its 7-5 win on Friday, but whether the Red Sox will keep it up and get a second victory in a row depends a lot on Felix Doubront.

Doubront (2-1, 5.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox in the third matchup of their four-game series against the Indians on Saturday.

Doubront was strong in his last outing, fighting his way into the seventh inning for the first time ever to help the overtaxed bullpen. He allowed three earned runs and seven hits in that game in Kansas City for an 11-5 Red Sox win. It will be Doubront's first start against the Indians.

Starting opposite Doubront will be right-hander Zach McAllister (1-0, 3.00), who has made only one major league start. He went six innings and gave up two earned runs against the White Sox on May 7.

Ryan Sweeney is getting another go in the leadoff spot for Saturday's game, with Mike Aviles falling into the nine-hole. Daniel Nava, called up Thursday, is making his third straight appearance in the lineup for the Sox.

While quite a few Boston players have been hot lately, none have been lighting it up like Dustin Pedroia. The second baseman has hit safely in 12 straight games, batting .346 with plenty of power (six doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs) in that stretch.

Check out the lineups for Saturday night's game.

Red Sox (13-19)

Ryan Sweeney, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Daniel Nava, LF
Cody Ross, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Mike Aviles, SS

Felix Doubront, P

Indians (18-14)

Michael Brantley, CF
Jason Kipniz, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Carlos Santana, 1B
Travis Hafner, DH
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Shelley Duncan, LF
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Lou Marson, C

Zach McAllister, P

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