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Game 156: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 21, 2011 03:23 PM

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Here are the lineups for the final home game of the regular season:

RED SOX (88-67)
Ellsbury CF
Aviles 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Pedroia 2B
Reddick RF
Crawford LF
Scutaro SS
Varitek C
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (13-5, 2.50)

ORIOLES (64-90)
Andino 2B
Hardy 3B
Markakis RF
Guerrero DH
Wieters C
Jones CF
Reynolds 1B
Davis 3B
Angle LF
Pitching: RHP Tommy Hunter (3-3, 5.31)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have lost four of five, 11 of 14, and 13 of 17 as part of their historically bad 5-15 September. . ... They start the day six games behind the Yankees in the division and two games ahead of the Rays. Tampa Bay and New York play a doubleheader today at Yankee Stadium. ... The Sox are 3-6 on a homestand that ends today. After tonight, their next home game will be either Oct. 3 in Game 3 of the Division Series or April 13, 2012 against the Rays. ... Beckett is 1-1, 5.73 in two starts against Baltimore this season, 7-3, 3.76 in 16 career starts. ... Hunter is facing the Sox for the first time since Aug. 13, 2010 when he was with Texas. He is 2-1, 8.31 in four career starts against the Sox, 1-1, 11.88 in two starts at Fenway. ... With seven games to play, the Sox still have yet to surpass last season's total of 89 victories. ... Gonzalez is 8 for 12 with two doubles, a homer, three runs, and five RBIs in the series. ... Ellsbury has hit safely in 32 consecutive games against Baltimore.

Slump starters: Red Sox starters are 3-8, 6.69 in the last 17 games with a WHIP of 1.67. Sox starters have gone five or innings or fewer 12 times in the last 17 games.

Fenway follies:The Sox are 45-35 at Fenway Park with losses in 19 of their last 32 games and six of the last nine. The Sox have not won fewer than 46 games at home since 2002 when they won 42.

Note of the Day: The Red Sox have committed 22 errors in their last 20 games.

Song of the Day: "Pressure Drop" by The Clash.

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