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Game 67: Red Sox at Rays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 15, 2011 02:45 PM

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RED SOX (39-27)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Lowrie SS
Drew RF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-2, 2.06)

RAYS (36-31)
Damon DH
Zobrist 2B
Joyce RF
Longo 3B
Kotchman 1B
Upton CF
Jaso C
Ruggiano LF
Brignac SS

Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-4, 3.03)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: Those pesky Rays are 3-0 against the Sox this season, outscoring them 23-7. They are 10-3 against the Sox since last June 20. ... The Sox are 8-20 at Tropicana Field since the start of the 2008 season. Must be the cowbells. ... Beckett has faced the Rays once since April 30, 2009. That came on April 16, 2010 when he threw seven shutout innings. ... Beckett has a 1.65 ERA since May 1 but a more human 3.32 in his last three starts. ... Hellickson has thrown seven career innings against the Sox. He started against them at Fenway on April 11. His lineL 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K. He is 6-2, 2.58 in his last nine starts. ... Ellsbury has an 11-game hit streak going.

Stat of the Day: The Sox were 111-58 against the Rays in the first 10 years of the series. They are 24-33 the last four seasons.

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

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