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Game 128: Red Sox at Rangers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 23, 2011 03:57 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (77-50)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Reddick RF
Lowrie 3B
Crawford LF
Lavarnway DH
Saltalamacchia C
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (11-9, 6.02)

RANGERS (74-55)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Young 3B
Cruz RF
Napoli DH
Moreland 1B
Torrealba C
Chavez CF
Pitching: RHP Colby Lewis (11-8, 3.83)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have dropped two of three, four of seven and seven of their last 12. ... The Sox start the day a game behind the Yankees in the division. ... Lackey is 11-13, 6.07 in 34 career starts against Texas and 6-6, 6.78 in 17 starts at Rangers Ballpark. That's his worst ERA against any team and at any park. Lackey last faced the Rangers on April 2 and allowed nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. ... Lewis is 2-1, 3.38 in nine career appearances against the Sox, five of them starts. He last faced them on April 2, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. ... Nelson Cruz (38 of 88, .409) has the highest average against the Red Sox by any player with at least 90 plate appearances since 1946. ... The Sox have dropped five straight against the Rangers, 10 of their last 12 and 17 of their last 23. ... Ellsbury is back in the lineup for the first time sine Friday, which he was hit in the back by a fastball and suffered a bruise. ... Saltalamacchia is hitting ninth for the first time since June 16. He is 6 of 45 (.133) in his last 13 games with 17 strikeouts.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 2-11 at Rangers Ballpark the last three years, getting outscored 72-37.

Song of the Day: "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals.

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