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Game 40: Red Sox at Rays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 15, 2013 02:45 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (22-17)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73).

RAYS (20-18)
Jennings CF
Johnson DH
Zobrist RF
Longoria 3B
Escobar SS
Loney 1B
Rodriguez LF
Molina C
Roberts 2B
Pitching: LHP David Price (1-3, 4.78).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Red Sox vs. Price: Pedroia 10-33, Ortiz 5-25, Ellsbury 6-25, Napoli 6-20, Nava 1-18, Gomes 3-10, Ciriaco 1-10, Saltalamacchia 1-8, Victorino 2-8, Middlebrooks 4-9, Lavarnway 2-7, Drew 0-2.

Rays vs. Lester: Longoria 11-47, Zobrist 8-38, Escobar 8-26, Rodriguez 3-18, Molina 6-18, Jennings 4-15, Scott 0-11, Johnson 0-8, Lobaton 0-7, Fuld 1-6, Joyce 2-5, Roberts 1-5.

Stat of the Day: The Sox were 18-8 in April and are 4-9 in May.

Notes: The Sox have lost three straight, six of seven, and nine of 11 ... The Rays have won six in a row, coming from behind in every game ... Lester and Price faced each other at Fenway Park on April 13. Lester (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) had a no-decision, as did Price (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) in a game the Sox won, 2-1, in 10 innings ... Lester is 10-8, 4.14, in 23 career starts against the Rays, 0-4, 6.11 in his last five. He has not beaten the Rays since Aug. 16, 2011 ... Lester is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five starts this year following a loss. ... Price is 8-4, 2.99, in 16 career starts against the Sox ... Lester is coming off a one-hit shutout of the Twins. Price has been hit hard (13 ER, 17 H over 14.2 IP) in his last two starts ... The Rays bullpen is riding a streak of 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings ... The Sox are 4 of their last 40 with runners in scoring position ... Pedroia is 15 of his last 32 with four extra-base hits ... The Sox were 111-58 (.657) against the Rays in Tampa's first 10 years of existence. The Rays are 52-42 against the Sox in the six years since ... The Sox have struck out an average of 8.43 times a game. The Astros lead baseball with 10.0 strikeouts per game.

Song of the Day: "Price of Gasoline" by Bloc Party.

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