Boston Red Sox (10-11) v. Oakland Athletics (11-12)
SP - Clay Buchholz (2-1, 8.87) v. Tommy Milone (3-1, 2.00)
1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Cody Ross, RF
7. Kelly Shoppach, C
8. Darnell McDonald, LF
9. Marlon Byrd, CF
1. This is a big start for Buchholz, who is off to a terrible start. The Red Sox need to make a decision on Aaron Cook by tomorrow and if Clay struggles again tonight, his spot in the rotation could be temporarily lost.
2. Watching David Ortiz hit at this point of his career is special and it's a surprise I did not think would be happening in 2012.
3. After the horrible start, the Red Sox find themselves just 3.5 games out of 1st place in the A.L. East as the calendar turns to May.