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Game 52: Red Sox at Tigers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 28, 2011 03:20 PM

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It's a beautiful day in Detroit. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (29-22)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Cameron RF
Saltalamacchia C

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-3, 3.30)

TIGERS (25-25)
Jackson CF
Dirks LF
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Peralta SS
Avila C
Raburn 2B
Inge 3B

Pitching: LHP Andy Oliver (season debut)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Notes: Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts this month, allowing only 23 hits over 33 innings with seven walks and 26 strikeouts. He is 1-1, 2.23 in five career starts against Detroit. But in his last four starts against the Tigers, he has a 0.95 ERA (28.1 IP, 3 ER). Buchholz faced the Tigers on May 18 at Fenway and threw seven innings in a 1-0 victory. ... Oliver, 23, is being called up for the game after going 4-3, 3.21 in nine games for Class AAA Toldeo. He was a second round pick in 2009 out of Oklahoma State. Oliver features a good fastball that tops out around 96 with a changeup and slider that are getting better. He was 0-4, 7.36 in five starts in the majors last season. ... The Sox have won four straight, 12 of 14 and 15 of 19 to take over first place in the division. ... The Sox are 13-5 on the road after an 0-7 start. ... The Sox are 4-0 against the Tigers this season, outscoring them 25-7. ... Gonzalez has hit safely in eight straight games at 17 of 38 (.447) with seven RBIs. He has gone 54 at-bats without a home run, however. ... Ellsbury is 6 of 12 in the last three games with two home runs and five RBIs.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox had a team earned run average of 6.79 over the first 12 games of the season. It is 3.22 in the 39 games since.

Song of the Day: "The Call Up" by The Clash.

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