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Game 43: Tigers at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 19, 2011 03:05 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (22-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (3-1, 1.75).

TIGERS (22-20)
Jackson CF
Sizemore 2B
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Dirks LF
Peralta SS
Avila C
Inge 3B

Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (4-3, 2.91).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won five straight, eight of 10 and 11 of 16. They are 20-10 since their 2-10 start. ... The Sox start the day 2.5 games out of first place. ... Beckett is 3-0, 1.36 in his last seven starts and is riding a streak of 18.1 consecutive innings without giving up a run. He is 3-1, 2.60 against the Tigers in his career, 2-0, 1.25 in his last three starts. Beckett has not faced the Tigers since 2009. ... Verlander has allowed one run on two hits over 17 innings in his last two starts. He is 2-2, 3.89 against the Sox in five career starts, giving up three runs over seven innings in his one start last season. ... Verlander is 2-1, 3.14 in four starts at Fenway. ... Kevin Youkilis has hit safely in six straight games at .348 (8 for 23). He is up to .258 on the season.

Sox vs. Verlander: Youkilis 5-14, 2 HR; Crawford 8-23, Ellsbury 2-7, Ortiz 3-12, Drew 2-9, Saltalamacchia 0-6, Pedroia 0-3, Gonzalez 1-1, HR, 2 BB; Lowrie 1-2.

Tigers vs. Beckett: Santiago 0-3, Inge 3-11, Peralta 4-14, Martinez 3-17, 1 HR; Cabrera 0-6, Avila 0-2.

Stat of the Day: The Sox and Tigers have six shutouts, tied for the most in the American League.

Song of the Day: "Heat" by 50 Cent.

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