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Game 88: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 8, 2011 03:02 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (52-35)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Varitek C
Scutaro SS
McDonald RF
Navarro LF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (7-3, 2.12)

ORIOLES (36-49)
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Guerrero DH
Wieters C
Lee 1B
Reynolds 3B
Pie LF
Andino SS

Pitching: LHP Zach Britton (6-6, 3.47)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won seven of eight and have three games left before the break. They lead the New York Jeters by a half-game in the standings ... Beckett allowed one run in eight innings against Houston Sunday. He is 6-3, 3.68 against Baltimore in 15 career starts. Beckett faced the Orioles on April 27 and allowed four runs in six innings ... Britton,a 23-year-old rookie, allowed one run in six innings against the Sox April 26. He is 1-4, 5.35 in his last seven starts ... The O's have lost four straight and nine of 10 ... Before you start complaining about the lineup, be advised that lefties are hitting .213/.269/.306 against Britton and righties .270/.334/.372. It's also worth noting that the Sox have a team OPS of .802 and the next highest in baseball is the Yankees at .786. Complaining about the lineup is really, really silly at this point.

Stat of the Day: Ellsbury has 5 of his 31 career home runs against Baltimore, his most against one team.

Song of the Day: "Bird on a Wire" by Johnny Cash.

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