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Game 102: Rays At Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 23, 2013 02:48 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (60-41)
Victorino CF
Nava RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Carp LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Iglesias 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58).

RAYS (59-41)
Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Joyce DH
Escobar SS
Loney 1B
Molina C
Rodriguez LF
Pitching: RHP Roberto Hernandez (5-10, 4.90).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Hernandez: Ortiz 10-24, Pedroia 3-18, Napoli 6-22, Ellsbury 4-17, Salty 3-10, Gomes 0-8, Victorino 1-6, Drew 1-3, Nava 2-4, Carp 0-2, Iglesias -3.

Rays vs. Lester: Longoria 12-52, Zobrist 9-45, Escobar 9-30, Rodriguez 4-22, Molina 8-23, Jennings 8-22, Johnson 0-12, Scott 0-11, Joyce 4-8, Lobaton 0-7, Fuld 1-6, Loney 1-5.

Stat of the Day: The Rays are only the fourth team in the last 10 years to go 18-2 or better in a 20-game span.

Notes: Tampa Bay is a half-game behind the Red Sox after winning six straight, 14 of 15 and 18 of 20. ... The Sox have lost four of six. ... The Sox are 9-4 against the Rays this season. ... Lester is 2-6, 6.27 in his last 11 starts. He has had nine days off and the Red Sox are hopeful the extra rest will benefit him. Lester is 11-9, 4.36 in 25 career starts against the Rays. In three starts this season he has allowed 10 earned runs over 18.2 innings. ... Hernandez (once known as Fausto Carmona) is 3-4, 3.66 in 10 career appearances against the Sox. He faced them on June 11 and allowed three earned runs over seven innings.

Song of the Day: "Bag of Money" by Wale (featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain).

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