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Game 120: Rays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 16, 2011 10:10 AM

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Here are the ineups:

RED SOX (73-46)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C
Reddick RF
Aviles SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)

RAYS (64-55)
Jennings LF
Fuld RF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist DH
Upton CF
Kotchman 1B
Rodriguez 2B
Shoppach C
Johnson SS

Pitching: RHP James Shields (11-9, 2.80)

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have dropped three of four and are tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Rays are nine games back. ... The Sox are 7-6 in August. ... The teams have split eight games so far this season and have 10 to play. ... Lester has allowed seven runs on 13 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings in his last two starts. He is 9-4, 3.81 in 17 career starts against the Rays. He faced them on April 12 and allowed three runs over seven innings. ... Shields is 6-10, 4.95 in 18 career starts against the Sox. Shields was 8-4, 2.29 in his first 16 starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.93 in his eight starts since.

Stat of the Day: Sox pitchers have a 4.30 ERA in August after posting a 3.70 in July. Sot hitters are at .281/.335/.453 in August after a hot .298/.373/.501 July.

Song of the Day: "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye.

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