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Game 143: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 8, 2011 01:35 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (85-57)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Lowrie 3B
Varitek C
Reddick RF
McDonald LF
Pitching: LHP Andrew Miller (6-2, 5.27)

BLUE JAYS (71-72)
Escobar SS
Thames LF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Johnson 2B
Lawrie 3B
Cooper 1B
Arencibia C
McCoy CF
Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (13-10, 2.97)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: Presumably Gonzalez and Crawford are out of the lineup because of their poor numbers against Romero and the good numbers by Lowrie and McDonald (see below). ... The Sox have lost five of seven and six of their last nine. They are 2.5 games out of first place and seven games up in the wild card. ... Miller has faced Toronto once in his career, throwing a third of an inning of relief in 2006. Miller is coming off a terrible start against Texas (1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). ... Romero is 2-6, 8.08 in 11 career starts against the Red Sox. He is 38-22, 3.21 in 78 starts against everybody else. ... Romero has faced the Sox twice this season, giving up 11 runs on 17 hits and eight walks in 8.2 innings. ... Ortiz has hit safely in 20 of 21 games at 38 of 79 (.481) with 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs. ... Ellsbury has a 12-game hit streak. ... Scutaro is 14 of 23 at the Rogers Centre this season.

Red Sox vs. Romero: Lowrie 5-8, 1 HR; Pedroia 8-16, 1 HR; Youkilis 7-16, 3 HR; Ellsbury 7-17, 1 HR; Ortiz 10-16, 1 HR; McDonald 3-9; Scutaro 4-13; Salty 2-7; Gonzalez 1-6; Crawford 2-17; Varitek 0-3.

Blue Jays vs. Miller: Escobar 1-7; Johnson 3-5; Encarnacion 1-2; Teahen 0-2; Woodward 0-2; Lind 0-1.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not had a save since Aug. 19.

Song of the Day: "If You Were A Bluebird" by Joe Ely.

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