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Game 44: Cubs at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 20, 2011 03:13 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (23-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Cameron RF
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-1, 3.28).

CUBS (19-23)
Castro SS
Barney 2B
Baker 3B
Ramirez DH
Pena 1B
Byrd CF
Soriano LF
Johnson RF
Hill C

Pitching: LHP Doug Davis (0-1, 1.80).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won six straight, nine of 11 and 12 of their last 17. ... The Sox have not won seven straight since Sept. 8-16, 2009. ... The Sox are 1-2 against the Cubs, that series coming in Chicago in 2005. ... Lester is facing the Cubs for the first time. He has not pitched well in his last two starts, giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits and nine walks over 11.1 innings. He has thrown only 59 percent of his pitches (130 of 222) for strikes. ... Davis is 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in seven career appearances against the Sox. He last faced them in 2008. ... Youkilis has hit safely in seven straight at 9 of 26 with eight RBIs. ... The Sox are 140-107 in interleague games. ... Daniel Bard has allowed four runs on four hits (two of them home runs) and three walks in his last 5.1 innings. ... The Sox are 7-6 in one-run games. ... Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamachia are hitting ,258 with eight RBIs in May. ... The Sox are 14-9 at home and have won six straight.

The Cubs vs. Lester: Pena 11-40, 5 HR; Byrd 1-9, Soriano 1-3, Johnson 0-3.

The Sox vs. Davis: Cameron 17 of 51, 9 extra-base hits; Varitek 3-11, Gonzlez 7-34, Drew 2-10, Pedroia 1-5, Ellsbury 1-4, Ortiz 2-5, Crawford 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Dustin Pedroia has gone 58 at-bats since his last RBI, which came on May 2. He has one extra-base hits and four RBIs in his last 30 games.

Song of the Day: "Bill Murray" by Gorillaz.

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