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Game 84: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 4, 2011 09:45 AM

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Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (49-34)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Reddick LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew RF
Scutaro SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (5-7, 6.81)

BLUE JAYS (41-44)
Davis CF
Thames LF
Bautista 3B
Lind 1B
Encarnacion DH
Hill 2B
Snider RF
Molina C
McDonald SS

Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (4-4, 4.56)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Red Sox return home from a 5-4 road trip to start a seven-game homestand before the All-Star break. They start the day 1.5 games behind the Yankees, who are in Cleveland tonight. ... The Sox have won four straight. ... The Sox are 6-3 against the Jays this season, outscoring them 71-32. ... Lackey is 3-2 in five starts since coming off the disabled list with a 5.28 ERA. He has allowed 13 runs in 12.3 innings against Toronto this season. ... Morrow is 0-2, 9.00 in 12 career appearances against the Red Sox. He allowed nine runs on 10 hits and three walks against the Sox over 4.1 innings on June 11. ... Ortiz returns to DH looking to snap an 0-for-21 skid that has dropped his batting average from .323 to .301. ... Gonzalez was 10 for 36 (.278) on the trip with five RBIs. ... Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings, Daniel Bard in his last 15.1. ... The team ERA of 3.92 is the lowest it has been all season. ... Drew has gone 46 at-bats without an extra-base hit. ... Ellsbury is 6 of his last 13. ... The Sox were 49-35 after 84 games last season.

Red Sox vs. Morrow: Ellsbury 2-7, Pedroia 6-10, Gonzalez 4-7, Youkilis 1-9, Ortiz 5-9, Drew 1-8, Saltalamacchia 0-3, Scutaro 4-8, Varitek 3-10.

Blue Jays vs. Lackey: Lind 12-21, Escobar 5-11, David 9-24, Encarnacion 3-12, McDonald 5-23, 2 HR; Bautista 3-17, 2 HR; Hill 4-25, Patterson 3-21, Arencibia 0-3.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox play 43 of their remaining 79 games at home. The Yankees play 45 of their remaining 80 games on the road.

Song of the Day: "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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