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Gameday Thread, #65: 6/15 vs. Red Sox

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-3, 3.17

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Clay Buchholz
RHP, 8-4, 2.52

Hell Month continues for the Diamondbacks, as they hit the road for an interleague trip that takes them to Boston and Detroit, before returning to Arizona to face the MF Yankees. If we can come back with a split of the six games against the Red Sox and Tigers, I'll regard that as a significant success. We start off with Kennedy, who has given Arizona seven quality starts in his past eight outings. How will he fare against the team that has more hits in 2010 than any other team in the majors?

First line-up of the post-Jackson era after the jump

  1. Kelly Johnson 2b
  2. Stephen Drew ss
  3. Mark Reynolds 3b
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b
  5. Miguel Montero c
  6. Chris Young cf
  7. Justin Upton rf
  8. Tony Abreu dh
  9. Gerardo Parra lf
    + Ian Kennedy rhp

Abreu gets the first shot at DH-ing, which pretty much sums up why the National League are at a disadvantage in this area, when you look across at the opposing dugout and see David Ortiz and his career 134 OPS+ there. He only has 1,084 more runs driven in than our designated hitter for the day. Neither starter has ever faced the opposing team - the only player with any experience against them is Victor Martinez of the Red Sox, who saw Kennedy for one game, more than two years ago, when he was with Cleveland.He went 1-for-3.

Not going to be about for much of this one, given its East coast nature, it'll largely be over by the time I get home - especially tonight, as I think we're going to see a house after work. It's a Sprankton recap this evening, and hopefully he will get to write about a win.