Red Sox Starters for Game #2

2 changes from Wednesday Night’s game 1 line-up, neither of which should come as any big surprise.
Mark Kotsay and Alex Cora in for Lowell and Lowrie.

Ellsbury-CF
Pedroia-2B
Ortiz-DH
Youkilis-3B
Drew-RF
Bay-LF
Kotsay-1B
Varitek-C
Cora-SS

The additions of Kotsay and Cora make perfect sense for not only the reason of giving Mike Lowell a little rest but for Kotsay’s career numbers against tonight’s starting pitchers for the Angels.
Kotsay, in 18 at bats(with 7 hits) is a career .389 hitter against Santana while Cora, with a much smaller sampling of just 3 at bats, is a career .667 hitter against Santana.

On the other side of the coin Lowrie has never faced Santana, while Lowell is a very healthy .400 (2-5) lifetime against the young Angels righthander, so he could pinch hit later in the game if the opportunity arises.

I like the changes. Now let’s see if Daisuke can get into the 7th inning. Realistically, I think that’s about the most optimistic you can hope for.

More coming up before tonight’s game
-MD

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