Diamondbacks - 100 200 000 - 3 8 0
Red Sox - 203 010 00x - 6 11 1
Ian Kennedy / Clay Buchholz
PA reports that Daniel Nava will leadoff tonight. Bill Hall will play shortstop as Marco Scutaro had a "procedure" on his neck yesterday (according to Terry Francona) to help with his pinched nerve.Nava, LF
Kennedy has pitched quite well for Arizona, allowing three or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 13 starts. Since May 1, he has a 2.42 ERA in eight starts (52 innings). However, Kennedy has allowed 14 home runs -- only three pitchers have given up more.
Although Kennedy worked in 14 games for the Yankees in 2007-09, he has never pitched against Boston. The only Red Sox batter he has ever faced is Victor Martinez (one single in three PA on April 26, 2008).
Buchholz has the 4th best AL ERA and is at 2.42 over his last six starts. He has never faced anyone currently on the Snakes.
Elsewhere, 7 PM:
1902 - Corsicana routs Texarkana 51-3. The Texas League game was played in a ballpark with either very short fences (about 200-210 to right) or no fences at all. Most accounts state that Corsicana hit 21 home runs, with catcher Justin "Nig" Clarke hitting eight of them -- in eight consecutive at-bats. (Or maybe Clarke hit only three dongs.) Some telegraph operators, thinking the final score was a typo, reported it as 5-3.
1928 - Ty Cobb steals home for the 54th and final time in his 24-year career.
1938 - Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, defeating the Dodgers 6-0, in the first night game played at Ebbets Field. On June 11, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Braves, 3-0.
1976 - Oakland owner Charlie Finley sells Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox (and sells Vida Blue to the Yankees). Three days later,