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Game 129: Red Sox at Giants

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 21, 2013 12:05 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (74-54)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz 1B
Gomes LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-6, 3.95).

GIANTS (56-69)
Torres CF
Scutaro 2B
Belt 1B
Posey C
Pence RF
Arias 3B
Kieschnick LF
Crawford SS
Pitching: LHP Barry Zito (4-8, 5.34).

Game time: 3:45 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Zito: Ortiz 10-34 (2 HR), Drew 11-33, Victorino 3-15, Gomes 2-9, Napoli 3-11, Pedroia 4-6, Ross 1-4, Salty 1-3.

Giants vs. Doubront: No history.

Stat of the Day: San Francisco has 228 consecutive sellouts, the longest active streak in the majors. The Sox had the old record of 794 consecutive regular season games up until April 10.

Notes: The Sox have lost five of seven and eight of 12 and start the day percentage points behind the Rays in the division (two games back in the loss column). ... Doubront has been ragged in his last two starts, allowing nine earned runs on 14 hits and six walks over eight innings. He is facing the Giants for the first time in his career. Doubront is 4-1, 4.66 in five career interleague games. ... Zito comes out of the bullpen to make his first start since July 30 and his first start against the Sox since June 15, 2007. He is 5-6, 5.12 against the Sox in 14 career starts. ... The Sox are 10-4 in interleague games. ... The Giants are 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position in the series and 4 of 35 in their last four games. ... Ellsbury has hit safely in all 14 interleague games this season at 25 of 60 (.417). ... In his last nine games this season, Ellsbury is 8 of 42 (.190) with one double and five runs scored. He has struck out 14 times and walked twice in that span. ... The Sox are 34-31 on the road with losses in 10 of their last 17 games. ... Victorino is 8 of his last 17 with three extra-base hits and two RBIs. ... Nava, who has reached base safely in 32 consecutive starts, is 9 of his last 17 with five doubles and two RBIs. ... Middlebrooks is 14 of 31 in 10 games since returning from Triple A Pawtucket, with four extra-base hits, four runs scored and five RBIs. He has walked six times and struck out seven. ... The Sox bullpen has allowed seven runs on 20 hits in its last 14.2 innings.

Song of the Day: "Take A Walk" by Passion Pit.

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