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Red Sox Vs. Padres Lineups: Andrew Miller Makes Red Sox Debut

The Red Sox will get their first look at Andrew Miller with the Major League club Monday, as the project righty enters Boston's rotation against the San Diego Padres.

With lefty Wade LeBlanc on the mound for the Padres, Miller will be backed by a Red Sox lineup featuring the right-handed bench outfielders in Mike Cameron and Darnell McDonald joining the usual bunch, with Jason Varitek providing a steady veteran presence behind the plate.

Boston Red Sox (43-28)


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Darnell McDonald, LF
  7. Marco Scutaro, SS
  8. Jason Varitek, C
  9. Mike Cameron, RF
San Diego, meanwhile, will be bringing Anthony Rizzo to town. Once one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system, Rizzo has taken over first base duties in San Diego for the foreseeable future. At the moment he's still an unproven rookie, subject to all the pains that come with that first year status, but there's little question that Rizzo is one of the core building blocks for what the Padres hope will be future contending teams.

San Diego Padres (30-43)
  1. Chris Denorfia, RF
  2. Jason Bartlett, SS
  3. Chase Headley, 3B
  4. Ryan Ludwick, LF
  5. Christian Guzman, DH
  6. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF
  8. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  9. Rob Johnson, C
Pitching Matchup: Andrew Miller (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.26 ERA)

Picked up as a long-shot reclamation project in the offseason, Andrew Miller has given Red Sox fans plenty to be excited about in his last few starts. A top draft pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, Miller is considered by many to be a victim of a very early call-up by the Tigers. 


With control having always been his biggest problem, the Red Sox went about fixing his delivery in Triple-A Pawtucket. While early returns showed no real change--Miller gave up 32 walks in his first 40 innings--his last four starts have resulted in just three walks in 25 frames. He's allowed five runs in the period, striking out an impressive 26 batters in the process. With his opt-out date coming last week, the Red Sox decided to give him the opportunity to prove himself in the major leagues.

Wade LeBlanc hasn't exactly been a regular fixture in the Majors this year either. Spending most of the season in Triple-A Tucson, LeBlanc received the call thanks to a number of injuries in San Diego's rotation. LeBlanc is a lefty, which is usually bad news for Boston, but lacks major splits, and has been far from lights out in Triple-A. LeBlanc made his first start since being recalled on June 14, giving up three runs without escaping the fifth.