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Game 101: Rays at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 22, 2013 03:10 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (60-40)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Lavarnway C
Snyder 3B
Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Brandon Workman (0-0, 5.40).

RAYS (58-41)
Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Scott DH
Johnson LF
Joyce RF
Lobaton C
Escobar SS
Pitching: LHP Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Moore: Pedroia 2-11, Ortiz 5-10, Gomes 2-9, Napoli 0-7, Drew 2-5, Ellsbury 0-2, Nava 0-3, Victorino 0-3, Lavarnway 0-2, Salty 0-1.

Rays vs. Workman: No history.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 33-17 at home. They won 34 games at home all last season.

Notes: It's a showdown series as the first-place Sox leads the second-place Rays by 1.5 games in the East. The Sox have the second-best record in baseball and the Rays the fourth. ... The Rays have won five straight, 13 of 14 and 17 of 19. Those 17 wins came against the Astros (5), Twins (4), White Sox (3), Blue Jays (3) and Tigers (2). Of those five teams, only the Tigers have a winning record. ... Workman, a 24-year-old rookie, is starting his first game at Fenway. He made his first career start on July 14 in Oakland and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a single and a home run. ... The Sox are 9-3 against the Ray this season, outscoring them 51-38. ... Moore is 1-2, 5.48 in four career appearances against the Sox. He faced them on May 14 and allowed three runs on three hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out eight. ... The Rays probably won't have closer Fernando Rodney. He pitched on Saturday and Sunday, throwing 56 pitches. ... The Sox have won 10 of their last 12 games at Fenway. ...The Sox are 8-1 in their last nine starts against lefthanders. ... The Sox are 25-16 against the AL East. ... The Sox are 19-1 when they score first at Fenway and 42-9 overall when they score first. That's the best percentage in the majors.

Song of the Day: "Four Strong Winds" by Johnny Cash.

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