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Game 99: Red Sox at Rangers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 25, 2012 03:15 PM

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

RED SOX (49-49)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Crawford LF
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53)

RANGERS (57-39)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton DH
Beltre 3B
Young 1B
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Torrealba C
Gentry CF
Pitching: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Holland: Shoppach 2-10, Crawford 2-9, Pedroia 1-11, Ellsbury 3-8, Gonzalez 1-9, Punto 3-8, Aviles 1-5, Sweeney 0-5, Ross 0-3.

Rangers vs. Beckett: Beltre 5-26, Young 4-24, Napoli 6-22, Hamilton 8-17, Andrus 3-13, Kinsler 2-12, Torrealba 4-13, Cruz 1-4, Murphy 4-9, Snyder 0-3, Gonzalez 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Red Sox pitchers have a 3.63 ERA on the road and a 4.70 ERA at home.

Notes: The Sox have Beckett on the mound in the rubber game of the series. They start the day 9.5 games out of first and four games out in the wild card race. ... Beckett is 3-3, 4.88 in nine career starts against Texas, 3-1, 3.48 in five starts at Rangers Ballpark. ... Beckett is 1-2, 5.70 in his last five starts. ... Beckett has gone 66.2 innings without allowing a home run, all the way back to May 10. ... Holland is 3-1, 2.84 in four career starts against the Red Sox. The Sox are a collective .191 (13 of 68) against him with 16 strikeouts and one home run (that by Nick Punto). ... Beckett and Holland met on April 18 at Fenway. Beckett allowed three runs in seven innings, Holland two over five.

Song of the Day: "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" by Buddy Holly.

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