Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

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    Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Go Sox!
    Here are the lineups:

    RED SOX (45-32)
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Dustin Pedroia 2B
    Adrian Gonzalez 1B
    Kevin Youkilis 3B
    Darnell McDonald LF
    Jason Varitek C
    Mike Cameron RF
    Marco Scutaro SS
    Josh Beckett RHP (6-2, 1.86)

    PHILLIES (49-30)
    Jimmy Rollins SS
    Placido Polanco 3B
    Chase Utley 2B
    Ryan Howard 1B
    Shane Victorino CF
    Raul Ibanez LF
    Domonic Brown RF
    Carlos Ruiz C
    Cliff Lee LHP (8-5, 2.87)

     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    WEEI:

    PHILLIES VS. BECKETT

    Jimmy Rollins (52 plate appearances): .255 BA/.327 OBP/.489 SLG, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs

    Brian Schneider (33): .133/.212/.233, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts

    Placido Polanco (29): .167/.310/.208, 3 strikeouts

    Chase Utley (28): .320/.393/.560, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 5 strikeouts

    Ryan Howard (13): .308/.308/.692, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs

    Raul Ibanez (12): .273/.333/.455, 1 triple, 1 RBI

    Shane Victorino (7): .286/.286/.286, 2 strikeouts

    Ross Gload (6): .250/.500/.500, 1 double

    Ben Francisco, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez have faced Beckett three, three and two times respectively. Francisco has two hits, while Ruiz and Valdez each have one.

    Domonic Brown has never faced the Sox starter.

    RED SOX VS. LEE

    Marco Scutaro (30 plate appearances): .320 BA/.414 OBP/.400 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 strikeouts

    David Ortiz (26): .240/.269/.360, 3 doubles, 6 strikeouts

    Kevin Youkilis (23): .263/.391/.579, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs

    Jason Varitek (13): .250/.308/.333, 1 double, 6 strikeouts

    Dustin Pedroia (12): .364/.417/.455, 1 double, 2 RBIs

    J.D. Drew (10): .250/.300/.500, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs

    Adrian Gonzalez (10): .700/.700/1.300, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

    Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .125/.125/.250

    Darnell McDonald (7): .400/.500/.600

    Mike Cameron (6): .333/.333/.1000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 RBIs

    Josh Reddick and Drew Sutton have not faced the Phillies starter.

     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Go Sox!
 
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

     Here's Why Darnell McDonald is hitting fifth www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2011/06/heres_why_darne.html"> 
    By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff

    PHILADELPHIA — Darnell McDonald is 5 for 46 (.109) with one extra-base hit and three RBIs this season. Given how long the Red Sox have been playing, it's quite possible they've fielded a lineup with a weaker No. 5 hitter. But maybe not.

    Naturally, Terry Francona was asked about his lineup.

    "Who would you have hit?" he said. "I thought about it a lot. But I didn't think there was a better lineup."

    Lefties are hitting .204/.219/.311 against Cliff Lee this season. In 106 plate appearances, they have 25 strikeouts and one walk. So that ruled out J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick.

    Francona is showing faith in McDonald based on prior performance and the hope that more at-bats will get him going.

    "He's had a few line-outs," Francona said. "If he works himself into a count where he can get a pitch he can handle, he can really do some damage. He's gone through a little bit of a period now where he's swung at some breaking balls, some changeups and got himself either in the hole or made some easier outs. I do think he's getting closer. I know his batting average is what it is.

    "But I think against a lefty, I know he's dangerous. When he gets it going, he saw him get real hot last year and do some damage. That's kind of what the hope is. But I can understand the question. Having David [Ortiz] not there makes it hard."

     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Lets go Beckett we are going to need a gem!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Great pitching match-up tonight.

     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Boy, that didn't take long - 5 pitches, three outs - although Ellsbury did hit the ball hard.  Hope Beckett's on his game tonight - early indications would seem to suggest he needs to be.  GO SOX!
     
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    I guess they could have made it a little tougher then the 5 pitch first !!
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    This lineup isn't the lineup that the Phillies will see in October.

     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Beckett has been superb this year.
     
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    hi all. this is a game to match all they hype!
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Nice play!
     
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    Great start by Beckett!
     
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    Apparently both teams have early dinner plans tonight.
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Some hard hit outs, but Beckett held his ground.  Be nice if the bottom third of our order could surprise us all and produce tonight.  Still early, but both pitchers appear to be on their games - two or three runs may very well win this one.  I think I read that Philly's closer is out and their relying on a couple of youngsters.  This true?
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Go Youk!
     
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    Great start!
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    just watch.. this is the kind of game both cam-mac may finally break out...
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Go McDonald!
     
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    Does the umpire need glasses?
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    Abysmal at bat by McDonothing - 0-2, you gotta protect the plate.  With as bad as he's going, surprised Tito didn't have him sacrifice bunt Youk to second.  Scrathing my head on that one.  Oh well, an opportunity wasted - what can ya' do.  GO SOX!
     
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     Go Cameron!

     
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    Looks like we're going to need Beckett and the bullpen tonight.
     
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    Re: Game 1 Red Sox at Phillies Game Thread:Josh Beckett vs. Cliff Lee

    I guess protecting the plate is lost on our McD and Cameron.  Jeez guys, I know Lee is good, but keeping the bat on your shoulder on 0-2 pitches is practically giving up.  Cmon man!  GO SOX!
     
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