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Game 98: Red Sox at Rangers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 24, 2012 04:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game tonight:

RED SOX (48-49)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Crawford LF
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.19)

RANGERS (57-38)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Beltre 3B
Young 1B
Cruz DH
Murphy RF
Napoli C
Gentry CF
Pitching: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 5.54)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Rangers vs. Buchholz: Napoli 4-11, Hamilton 1-12, Young 3-10, Kinsler 2-6, Murphy 6-9, Cruz 4-7, Beltre 0-5, Andrus 1-5, Gonzalez 0-1

Red Sox vs. Perez: No history.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 20-11 against lefty starters. Only the Giants (21-9) are better. The Sox have 43 homers against lefties.

Notes: The Sox have lost four straight and 12 of 18. They start the day 10.5 games out of first place and four games out in the wild card. ... Texas has won seven of their last 11. ... Buchholz is 1-3, 3.91 in four starts against Texas, 0-2, 6.10 in two starts at Rangers Ballpark. ... Perez, 21, will be making his fifth major league appearance. He was 5-5, 4.59 in 16 Triple A games. ... Ellsbury is 12 of 31 with four extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list. ... Napoli is 7 of 13 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in three games against the Sox this season. ... The Rangers are 22-10 against the Red Sox in the last four years, 12-5 at Rangers Ballpark.

Song of the Day: "Ramblin' Man" by Hank Williams.

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