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Game 15: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 18, 2011 08:15 AM

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Happy Patriots Day. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-10)
Drew RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Varitek C
Ellsbury CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 12.86)

BLUE JAYS (7-8)
Escobar SS
Patterson CF
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Hill 2B
Arencibia C
Snider LF
Encarnacion DH
Nix 3B

Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (1-1, 1.66)

Game time: 11:05 a.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won two straight while the Jays have lost six of their last eight. ... The Sox 4-4 on a homestand that ends today. The teams leaves for Oakland after a game. ... Matsuzaka is 6-1, 3.80 in 11 career starts against Toronto, 2-0, 3.71 in four starts last year. He is coming off a start that saw him allow seven runs in two innings against the Rays. He gave up eight hits and two walks. ... Lowrie is 11 of 19 with five RBIs and six runs scored in his last six games. ... Crawford is 7 of 55 this season with 10 strikeouts. He is 0 for his last 12.

Before you start wailing about Drew hitting leadoff, be advised that he is 9 for 20 in his career against Romero with a .560 OBP. Romero is 2-4, 7.42 in nine career starts against the Sox.

Stat of the day: Daniel Bard has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his last 10 appearances against Toronto going back to Aug. 28, 2009.

Song of the day: "I Am a Patriot (And the River Opens for the Righteous)" by Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.

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