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Game 89: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 9, 2011 03:10 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (53-35)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Reddick LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew RF
Scutaro SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (5-8, 7.47)

ORIOLES (36-50)
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Guerrero DH
Wieters C
Lee 1B
Reynolds 3B
Reimold LF
Andino 2B

Pitching: RHP Alfredo Simon (1-1, 4.64)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won four straight and eight of nine and start the day a game ahead of the Yankees. ... The Orioles have lost five straight and 10 of 11. They have been outscored 83-36 in those 11 games. ... Simon is making his first start of the season and only the fourth in his career. He has yet to throw more than 4.2 innings in a game this season. The Orioles have worn out their bullpen the last two nights and are calling up lefty Mark Hendrickson. Tomorrow's starter, Mitch Atkins, has one career start under his bet. ... Lackey had a 2.80 ERA in 35.1 innings against Baltimore last season. Given all the injuries in the rotation, he probably isn't pitching for his spot but it has to be getting close to that. ... Pedroia has homered in three of the last four games and has a 10-game hit streak going (14 of 41). ... The O's are 14-28 on the road. ... Daniel Bard has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings. Dan Wheeler has allowed three runs in his last 18 innings and Matt Albers two in his last 18. ... Drew (3 for 11, 3 RBIs, 3 BBs) is showing some life over the last four games. ... Since getting a day off, Gonzalez is 5 of 7 with a home runs and two RBIs. His 126 hits lead the majors.

Stat of the Day: Since the end of interleague play, David Ortiz is 6 of 17 (.353) with four extra-base hits and four RBIs in five games.

Song of the Day: "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones.

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