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Game 40: Red Sox at Phillies

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 19, 2012 03:00 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (18-21)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz 1B
Gonzalez RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Sweeney CF
Nava LF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71)

PHILLIES (21-19)
Rollins SS
Mayberry LF
Victorino CF
Pence RF
Ruiz C
Wigginton 3B
Luna 1B
Galvis 2B
Pitching: RHP Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)

Game time: 7:15 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Blanton: Ortiz 8-26, Pedroia 5-19, Punto 4-19, Gonzalez 7-16, Ross 3-12, Byrd 2-9, Shoppach 2-6, Salty 1-2, Lester 0-2, Nava 1-2.

Phillies vs. Lester: Wigginton 8-20, Pierre 2-9, Rollins 1-8, Victorino 2-8, Ruiz 0-7, Polanco 0-5, Luna 0-4, Pence 0-3, Blanton 0-2, Schneider 0-2.

Stat of the Day: This is the latest the Red Sox been in fifth place since Sept. 1997. They finished 78-84 that season.

Notes: As the season hits the quarter pole, the Red Sox are 7.5 games out of first place. They were 20-20 after 40 games last season and three games out of first. ... The Phillies have won a season-best six straight. ... Lester is 3-0, 0.43 in three career starts against the Phillies, all at Citizens Bank Park. ... Lester has allowed one earned run in his last two starts (14 innings). ... The Sox have not lost a season series against the Phillies since 2003 (1-2). ... Blanton is 3-3, 4.70 in 10 career starts against the Red Sox. He last faced them on June 12, 2010 at Fenway Park, allowing nine runs on 13 hits in four innings. One of the hits was Daniel Nava's famous first-pitch grand slam in the first plate appearance of his career. ... Aviles is 7 of his last 15 with five extra-base hits and three RBIs. ... The Sox are 150-116 in interleague play, 105-58 since the start of the 2003 season. ... Carlos Ruiz has 19 RBIs in his last 16 games for the Phillies.

Song of the Day: "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix.

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