The Boston Red Sox (39-51) face the Chicago White Sox (44-47) in the third game of their four game series. Chicago has already won the first two games, outscoring Boston 12-3 in the series so far.
Boston finally showed some signs off life on offense with 5 hits and 3 runs in the 5th inning to tie the game, but Chicago knocked Brandon Workman out of the game in the top of the 6th with a two-run homer by Conor Gillaspie.
The Red Sox are now 1-7 on the home stand that was supposed to help save their season and it may now be time for the team to admit this is a lost season and wave the white flag.
- Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51 ERA) has been called back up for a spot start that was necessitated by last Friday's rain out. Brandon Workman was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster, but that is not an indication that Workman is out of the rotation. He wasn't scheduled to pitch again before the All-Star break and should return to the team once his next turn comes up after the break.
- The big news of the day is that A.J. Pierzynski has been designated for assignment. Top catching prospect Christian Vazquez has been called up to replace him and is in tonight's lineup, batting 9th. Vazquez isn't likely to solve Boston's offensive woes, but he's been called a wizard behind the dish and should add enough defensive value to make him worth more than Pierzynski was providing. It's time to find out if Vazquez can be counted on to be the team's primary catcher next season or if they need to go shopping for another short term option this winter.
- Brock Holt is starting at shortstop for the first time this season. He's now played every position on the field this season except for catcher and pitcher. It's probably safe to assume he won't be asked to try either of those positions, but who knows. The Brock Star can do it all!
- Boston has 5 rookies in their lineup tonight – Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts and Vazquez. Plus the rookie De La Rosa is on the mound. It's almost like we're watching a minor league game that happens to have a few veterans making rehab appearances.
- Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16 ERA) gets the start for Chicago. He's been one of the league's best pitchers this season, with an early season DL stint that cost him a handful of starts being the only think keeping him off this year's All-Star team. He may end up getting in anyway, as the current leader of the fan's Final Vote.
- Veteran Paul Konerko is on the last legs of his career and has been mostly ineffective in limited playing time this season. However, he's having a mini-resurgence this month. In 5 games in July, Konerko is hitting a team high .364 and Slugging .727 over 11 at-bats. He's out of the lineup to start today's game but is always a threat to pinch hit. He's 6 for 20 (.300) as a pinch hitter this season.