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Game 92: White Sox at Red Sox

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  July 18, 2012 03:00 PM

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Here's a preview of tonight's game, the third of a four-game series against the White Sox. The teams have split the first two, and Kevin Youkilis has enjoyed his homecoming thus far:

RED SOX (46-45)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Cody Ross, RF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Mauro Gomez, DH
Mike Aviles, SS
Kelly Shoppach, C
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B.

Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (9-4, 4.41)

WHITE SOX (50-40)
Alejandro De Aza, CF
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adam Dunn, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: LHP Pedro Hernandez (---, ---)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Hernandez: None. Hernandez is making his major league debut.

White Sox vs. Doubront: Rios 0-3, Konerko 1-3, Pierzynski 1-3, Ramirez 0-3, Beckham 0-3, Viciedo 2-3, Dunn 0-3, De Aza 1-3.

Stat of the Day: Kevin Youkilis had four home runs in 165 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season. He has four in 82 plate appearances with the White Sox since the June 24 trade.

Notes: Hernandez, who was recalled earlier Wednesday, was acquired from the Padres in the Carlos Quentin trade in 2011. He was 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 appearances between Double A and Triple A this season ... The Red Sox are 18-10 when facing a lefthanded starter this season, the third-best mark in the majors behind the Giants (18-9) and Yankees (20-11)... Adrian Gonzalez leads the AL with a .391 average (36 for 92) with runners in scoring position. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen is tops in the majors at .395...Gonzalez has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with a .389 average (35 for 90) in that time ... Doubront is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA seven starts this season following a Red Sox loss. The Red Sox have won six of those games ... Since coming off the disabled list Monday to make his season debut, Carl Crawford is 4 for 7 with four runs and three stolen bases... Mauro Gomez, who was recalled when David Ortiz was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, is hitting .308 in 26 at-bats with the big club this season ... In two games against his former team, Kevin Youkilis is 4 for 9 with three runs scored, three runs batted in, two doubles, and a home run.

Song of the day: "Sad moon" by Bruce Hornsby.

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