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Game 51: Tigers at Red Sox

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 31, 2012 01:57 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the series finale tonight at Fenway Park.

RED SOX (26-24)
Podsednik CF
Nava LF
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Punto 2B
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.15)

TIGERS (23-27)
Berry CF
Boesch RF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young DH
Avila C
Peralta SS
Kelly LF
Worth 2B
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (4-3, 5.67)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

Tigers vs. Beckett: Avila 3-8, Berry 0-0, Boesch 1-9, Cabrera 3-14, Dirks 1-7, Fielder 3-6, Kelly 0-3, Laird 1-6, Peralta 4-17, Santiago, 1-6, Santos 1-3, Worth 0-2, Young 6-17.

Red Sox vs. Scherzer: Aviles 3-7, Byrd 1-2, Gonzalez 2-11, Middlebrooks 0-0, Nava 0-0, Ortiz 6-8, Pedroia 2-7, Podsednik 3-7, Punto 0-3, Saltalamacchia 2-3, Shoppach 0-2, Sweeney 1-5, Youkilis 2-7.

Notes: The Red Sox will attempt to complete a four-game sweep ... Beckett was battered by the Tigers the first time he faced them this season, giving up five home runs and allowing seven runs ... Adrian Gonzalez has a 10-game hitting streak ... Kevin Youkilis is batting .321 since coming off the disabled list on May 22 ... It is injured closer Andrew Bailey's 28th birthday today ... the Red Sox are 16-17 against righthanded starters this season ... the Red Sox are 23-10 in games in which they hit a home run.

Stat of the day: Beckett has held the Tigers to a .204 average in seven career starts. He's 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA against Detroit.

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