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Game 140: Tigers at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 3, 2013 02:45 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (82-57)
Victorino CF
Nava RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Carp 1B
Gomes LF
Drew SS
Ross C
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (12-8, 3.99).

TIGERS (81-57)
Jackson CF
Hunter RF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Martinez DH
Infante 2B
Tuiasosopo LF
Pena C
Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (19-1, 2.90).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Scherzer: Ortiz 7-13 (3 HR), Napoli 1-13, Pedroia 3-13 (2 HR), Ellsbury 5-9, Salty 5-12, Drew 1-9, Carp 2-5, Nava 1-6, Victorino 2-6, Gomes 0-3, McDonald 0-2, Middlebrooks 0-3, Ross 1-2.

Tigers vs. Lester: Hunter 12-26, Cabrera 10-16, Pena 6-14, Fielder 3-12, Martinez 6-11, Jackson 2-10, Avila 3-6, Worth 2-4, Dirks 1-2, Infante 0-3, Santiago 0-3, Tuiaosopo 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Nava is 13th in the majors with a .387 OBP. His .831 OPS is fifth among American League outfielders.

Notes: The Rays have lost five straight and eight of nine. The Red Sox have a 5.5 game lead in the division with 23 games to play. They led the Tigers by a half-game for the best record in the American League. ... Detroit has won four of five and the Sox seven of nine. ... The Sox are 5-2 on a homestand that has two games left before a trip to New York and Tampa Bay. ... Scherzer is 2-3, 7.90 in seven career starts against the Red Sox. He held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings on June 22 in Detroit. ... Lester is 4-2, 2.56 in eight starts since the All-Star break. He is 1-2, 5.26 in six starts against the Tigers. He faced Detroit on June 21 and allowed five runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in a victory. ... Detroit pitchers lead baseball with 1,179 strikeouts. The Red Sox are third with 1,120. ... Victorino is 13 of his last 30 with 11 RBIs. ... Napoli is 8 of his last 25 with seven RBIs, four extra-base hits and five walks. ... Martinez has hit in nine straight for the Tigers at 18 of 36 with five RBIs. He is hitting .383 since July 1 with 33 RBIs. ... The Sox are 15-40 in September the last three years. ... Sox relievers have allowed two runs on eight hits over 18.2 innings in the homestand. ... Ortiz starts the day with 1,998 hits. ... Saltalamacchia is 0 for his last 14. ... Middlebrooks is hitting .323/.403/.468 in 20 games since returning from Triple A Pawtucket. ... Matt Thornton has thrown 7.2 consecutive scoreless innings in his last eight appearances. Since walking two batters in his first appearance for the Sox, Thornton has not allowed another walk.

Song of the Day: "Everlasting Arms" by Vampire Weekend.

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