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Game 25: Astros at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 28, 2013 09:45 AM

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Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (17-7)
Ellsbury CF
Nava RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Carp LF
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (0-1, 4.15).

ASTROS (7-17)
Grossman CF
Altuve 2B
Castro C
Pena 1B
Cedeno DH
Martinez LF
Dominguez 3B
Ankiel RF
Gonzalez SS
Pitching: RHP Bud Norris (3-2, 4.13).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Norris: Drew 5-9, Victorino 2-5, Gomes 1-5, Pedroia 0-1, Ross 2-3, Salty 1-2.

Astros vs. Lackey: Pena 8-30, Cedeno 0-1.

Stat of the Day: Norris, at $3 million, is the highest-paid Astros player this season. There are 16 Red Sox players who will make more.

Notes: The Sox start the day with the best record in baseball and a two-game lead in the division. They have won four straight and five of six. ... Lackey returns to the mound for the first time since April 6 when he strained a biceps muscle. He pitched well that day (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) before the injury. Lackey is facing the Astros for the second time in his career, the first time since 2007. ... Norris faced the Sox on July 1, 2011 and allowed four runs over six innings. He did strike out 10. ... The franchise record for wins in April is 18 (1998 and 2003). ... Ortiz has hit safely in all seven games he has played this season (14 of 27) and in 19 straight going back to last July (31 of 66). That matches the longest hitting streak of his career. Ortiz has nine RBIs in seven games this season. ... Middlebrooks is 5 of 11 with three extra-base hits in the last three games. ... The Sox are 10-5 at Fenway. ... The Sox were 11-14 after 25 games in each of the last three seasons. ... Pedroia is 8 of 16 in the last four games with three doubles. ... Sox starters are 14-4, 3.14. ... The Sox are 22 of 28 in steals. They leads the majors in swipes. ... The Sox have scored 22 runs in the series on 40 hits, 18 of them for extra bases. ... Sox pitchers have struck out 37 in the three games against the Astros so far. ... The Sox have 244 strikeouts this month. The major league record for strikeouts in a month is 264 by the 1964 Cleveland Indians in July. ... The Sox are 10-2 against the Astros all time. ... Remember when Napoli had bad hips and everybody was worried about how he would play in the field? He has played 195 of a possible 214 innings at first base so far this season and has one error. ...It's Autism Speaks Day at Fenway and Maine Day, too.

Song of the Day: "Back In The Saddle" by Aerosmith.

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