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Game 156: Rays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 26, 2012 03:15 PM

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

RED SOX (69-86)
Ciriaco 3B
Podsednik CF
Pedroia 2B
Ross RF
Loney 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Lavarnway DH
Nava LF
Iglesias SS
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (9-13, 4.96)

RAYS (84-70)
Jennings RF
Upton CF
Zobrist SS
Longoria 3B
Keppinger DH
Pena 1B
Francisco LF
Roberts 2B
Lobaton C
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (9-9, 4.27)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Cobb: Aviles 0-6, Pedroia 0-5, Salty 0-2, Podsednik 104, Ciriaco 0-3, Ellsbury 1-3, Loney 1-3, Ross 0-3, Iglesias 0-1, Lavaenway 0-2, Nava 0-2.

Rays vs. Lester: Upton 13-58, Pena 12-45, Longoria 11-42, Zobrist 7-32, Rodriguez 2-16, Molina 5-15, Scott 0-11, Francisco 2-14, Jennings 3-9, Johnson 2-7, Fuld 1-6, Lobaton 0-5, Joyce 2-3, Gimenez 0-2.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 34-46 at Fenway this season, getting outscored 419-417. Their all-time worst record at home (over a 162-game season) was 34-47 in 1965.

All-Fenway team revealed: As a conclusion to the season-long 100th Anniversary celebration of Fenway Park, the Red Sox will present the All-Time Fenway Park Team during a pre-game ceremony tonight. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m.

Notes: Say goodbye to the Sox, who are playing their final home game until April 8, 2013 against Baltimore. The Sox have lost five of six but remain a half-game ahead of Toronto in the division. The Jays must be awful. ... The Rays have won six straight and are three games out of a wild card spot with eight to play. ... Lester is 4-5, 3.97 in his last 10 starts. He faced the Rays on May 25 and allowed seven runs over four innings. He is 10-7, 4.29 in 21 career starts against the Rays. ... Cobb has faced the Sox twice this season and allowed four earned runs over 11 innings. ... Per the Red Sox, tonight’s game will be the 8,000th Major League game played at Fenway Park, including regular season and postseason games played by both the Red Sox and Boston Braves.

Song of the Day: "Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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