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Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  June 3, 2006 04:45 PM

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How often does a team pull out a win when it is trailing with two outs and nobody on in the last inning? According to Elias Sports Bureau, twice this season, and both times by the Sox: April 17, when Kevin Youkilis beat out an infield hit and Mark Loretta homered to beat the Mariners on Patriots Day, and then again here Friday night, when Mike Lowell lined a single and Youkilis homered off Todd Jones.

"It's not a very good feeling until it happens,'' Terry Francona said. "When it happens, it's a great feeling, but up to that point, it's not too good.''

Here are tonight's lineups:

Red Sox
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
8. Doug Mirabelli, C
9. Alex Cora, SS
-- Tim Wakefield, SP


Tigers
1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Pudge Rodriguez, C
4. Magglio Ordonez, RF
5. Carlos Guillen, SS
6. Marcus Thames, DH
7. Craig Monroe, LF
8. Chris Shelton, 1B
9. Brandon Inge, 3B
-- Jeremy Bonderman, SP


This is what makes Todd Jones unusual among his peers: Who else would quote a Dire Straits song after giving up a game-turning home run?

"We'd all like to be Mariano Rivera,'' Jones said. "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.''

Here is the chorus from the Dire Straits song "The Bug":

sometimes you're the windshield
sometimes you're the bug
sometimes it all comes together baby
sometimes you're a fool in love
sometimes you're the louisville slugger
sometimes you're the ball
sometimes it all comes together baby
sometimes you're going to lose it all


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