Tuesday’s Red Sox-Cardinals matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Lance Lynn

August 05, 2014 - 4:06 am
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The Red Sox will kick off an eight-game road trip Tuesday when they take on the Cardinals in a three-game set at Busch Stadium. It will be the first time that the teams have played against each other since the 2013 World Series. Boston will send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound Tuesday in the series opener against Lance Lynn. It will be a series marked by reunions, as Joe Kelly, Allen Craig, John Lackey and A.J. Pierzynski will all be facing off against their former teams. Lackey was shipped to St. Louis Thursday in a trade deadline deal for Kelly and Craig, while Pierzynski signed with the Cardinals July 26 after Boston designated him for assignment July 9. "Yeah, the timing of it is a little funky in that regard," Craig said when discussing his return. "It's going to be fun to go in there and play against my former teammates and go back to St. Louis. I'm just going to go and play my game and just play. "I think it's still sinking in, just being in the clubhouse and seeing a lot of faces and putting the names to faces and that type of stuff. It's cool to be on this side of the clubhouse and get to know the guys who I played against last year in the World Series." De La Rosa (3-4, 3.64 ERA) was solid in his last outing against the Blue Jays on July 29 at Fenway, allowing three runs over six innings of work in what was a 4-2 Blue Jays victory. "I thought Rubby gave us an opportunity to win," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He pitched with some men on base. With the exception of the 3-1 changeup to [Anthony] Gose that doesn't get to the spot for the two-run double on his part, I thought he gave us a solid, solid effort, and we had probably three opportunities where we had multiple men on base, and the timely hit was elusive." De La Rosa will be looking to correct his struggles on the road Tuesday, as the 25-year-old righty is 0-3 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts away from Fenway Park this season -- a far cry from the 1.97 ERA that he has compiled in five home starts. Tuesday will stand as De La Rosa'€™s first career appearance against the Cardinals. Lynn (11-8, 2.98 ERA) has been lights-out since surrendering seven runs over two innings to the Dodgers on June 28, posting quality starts in all five of his appearances in July with a 1.71 ERA. Lynn was the unlucky loser in his last start on July 29 against the Padres, even though the Ole Miss product only allowed one run over six innings of work. "He deserved a little better," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny after the game. "It would have been nice to get some offense going, but we ran into another guy who has had a nice season and threw the ball well tonight." Tuesday will mark Lynn'€™s first regular-season start against the Red Sox. Lynn was 0-1 in two games (one start) against Boston in last year'€™s World Series. Red Sox vs. Lynn (RHP) Lynn has not faced any Red Sox batters in regular-season play. Cardinals vs. De La Rosa (RHP) Mark Ellis has one strikeout in three plate appearances against De La Rosa.

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