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Game 87: Red Sox at Rays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 13, 2012 03:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here is a preview of the game:

RED SOX (43-43)
Ellsbury CF
Nava LF
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Ciriaco 2B
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (1-2, 3.50)

RAYS (45-41)
Johnson SS
Pena 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Keppinger 2B
Rodriguez 2B
Scott DH
Jennings LF
Lobaton C
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 3.41)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Rays vs. Morales: Pena 0-6, Zobrist 1-5, Rodriguez 0-3, Scott 1-2, Jennings 0-2, Johnson 1-2, Upton 0-2, Lobaton 0-1, Matsui 0-1, Molina 1-1.

Red Sox vs. Hellickson: Ortiz 6-17, Gonzalez 3-17, Salty 4-14, Aviles 2-8, Middlebrooks 1-6, Ross 0-5, Nava 1-5, Sweeney 1-4, Ellsbury 2-11.

Stat of the Day: The Rays are 26-33 since their 19-8 start. The Red Sox are 39-33 since their 4-10 start.

Notes: Ellsbury is back for the first time since partially dislocating his right (non-throwing) shoulder on April 13 against the Rays. ... Middlebrooks is playing for the first time since straining his left hamstring on July 1. ... The Sox have lost six of their last seven games and eight of the last 11. ... The Sox are 5-4 against the Rays this season. ... Morales is coming off his worst start, having allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings against the Yankees. ... Hellickson is facing the Sox for the fourth time already this season. He has allowed nine runs on 19 hits over 18.1 innings. Hellickson is 3-1, 4.26 in eight career appearances against the Sox. ... Gonzalez is 29 of his last 78 (.372) with six extra-base hits and nine RBIs. His batting average has climbed from .257 to .283. ... Salty is 3 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts. He is down to .225. ... The Sox are 21-19 on the road.

Song of the Day: "Till I Collapse" by Eminem.

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