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Game 11: Rays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 14, 2013 09:41 AM

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Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (6-4)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Napoli 1B
Nava DH
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Saltalamacchia C
Bradley Jr. LF
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.64).

RAYS (4-6)
Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Joyce DH
Escobar SS
Loney 1B
Molina C
Johnson LF
Fuld RF
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, TBS / WEEI-FM.

Red Sox vs. Cobb: Pedroia 0-6, Saltalamacchia 0-3, Ciriaco 0-6, Drew 2-3, Nava 1-4, Carp 1-3, Ellsbury 1-3, Napoli 1-2.

Rays vs. Buchholz: Zobrist 4-32, Longoria 7-29, Joyce 6-18, Molina 7-17, Escobar 3-12, Jennings 2-11, Rodriguez 3-10, Johnson 0-7, Duncan 0-3, Loney 0-2, Fuld 1-2, Roberts 0-1.

Stat of the Day: Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara has faced 15 batters and retired 13 of them while throwing only 43 pitches, 31 of them strikes. That's only 2.86 pitchers per batter.

Notes: Buchholz is 5-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 14 career starts against the Rays. He was 1-3, 3.99 in six starts last season. Buchholz has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts against the Rays.... Cobb is 2-1, 2.81 in three career starts against the Sox. The Boston native is 2-0 in two starts at Fenway, allowing two earned runs over 10 innings. Cobb is pitching on extended rest, having last started on April 6 against Cleveland. ... The Rays have been struggling at the plate all season. They have scored 33 runs in 10 games while hitting .221 with a .601 OPS. They are hitless in their last 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position and are hitting .169 in the last five games with eight runs. They are 3 of 36 (.083) with runners in scoring position in those games and have been outscored 26-8. ... The Sox haven't been bashing the ball lately, either. They are hitting .197 (25 of 127) in the last four games with 12 runs scored. ... Red Sox starters are 4-2 with a 2.35 in 10 games and have yet to allow more than three runs in a game. ... Pedroia has reached base safely in all 10 games this season and 20 straight dating back to 2012. ... The Sox were 111-58 (.656) against the Rays from 1998-2007. They are 40-51 (.439) since but have won 10 of the last 19. ... Sox closer Joel Hanrahan's first three appearances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 HR. Hanrahan's last 3 appearances: 1.2 IP, 5 H (2 HR), 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. He has thrown only 31 of 59 pitches for strikes this season. ... The Sox have committed two errors this season, both in the outfield. ... Drew is 1 for 10 since coming off the disabled list.

Song of the Day: "Ready To Start" by Arcade Fire.

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