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Game 45: Rays at Red Sox

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 25, 2012 08:41 AM

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Here's a look at the series opener at Fenway Park:

RED SOX (22-22)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Nava LF
Byrd RF
Podsednik CF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

RAYS (27-18)
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Luke Scott DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Drew Sutton 3B
Chris Gimenez C
Elliot Johnson SS
Pitching: Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

Rays vs. Lester: Gimenez 0-0, Johnson 1-5, Joyce 0-1, Molina 5-15, Pena 10-37, Rhymes 2-4, Rodriguez 2-4, Scott 0-8, Sutton 0-0, Thompson 0-0, Upton 10-49, Vogt 0-0, Zobrist 7-31.

Red Sox vs. Cobb: Aviles 0-3; no other Red Sox have faced Cobb.

Stat of the Day: The Rays have committed 41 errors, the most of any team.

Notes: Trivia question: The Red Sox have one bunt base hit this season. Who hit it? (answer at end of notes) ... Cobb was born in Boston, but went to high school in Florida ... Aviles is two home runs short of his single-season high of 10 in 2008 ... The Red Sox have four series wins and one split in their last five series ... The Red Sox have a five-game home winning streak entering the opener vs. the Rays ... Ortiz is hitting .455 with four doubles, a home run, eight RBIs and five runs against the Rays this season ... Last year after 44 games, the Red Sox were 24-20 ... This is Lester's first start against the Rays this season. He went 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA against them last season ... The Red Sox have not had a walk-off win since beating the Yankees 3-2 on Aug. 7, 2011 ... The Red Sox' best inning for run production this season has been the third, with 41. The second inning is second with 36 runs ... Pedroia is the only Red Sox player to start all 44 games this season at the same position. ... Trivia answer: Ortiz.

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