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Game 147: Red Sox at Rays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 11, 2013 02:54 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (88-58)
Pedroia 2B
Victorino RF
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava LF
Drew SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Ross C
Bradley CF
Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79).

RAYS (78-65)
DeJesus LF
Myers RF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Joyce DH
Jennings CF
Loney 1B
Libation C
Escobar SS
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI.

Rays vs. Dempster: Loney 3-24, Johnson 1-14, Escobar 2-14, Longoria 2-8, Scott 3-7, Jennings 1-5, Joyce 1-6, Zobrist 2-5, Wright 2-5, Molina 2-3, Myers 0-3, Young 1-3, Lobaton 0-2.

Red Sox vs. Cobb: Pedroia 4-15, Salty 2-10, Ellsbury 3-13, Nava 2-11, Drew 2-9, Victorino 3-8, Napoli 2-7, Ortiz 1-4, Middlebrooks 2-6, Carp 2-5, Lavarnway 1-4, Berry 0-2, Bradley 0-3.

Stat of the Day: Koji Uehara has retired 31 consecutive hitters, the longest streak for a reliever since Jason Motte of the Cardinals set down 32 in a row for the Cardinals. Since 1960, the record is 41 in a row by Bobby Jenks of the White Sox in 2007.

Notes: The Red Sox have won six of seven and nine of their last 11 games. They lead the Rays by 8.5 games with 16 games left and have a magic number of 10. ... The Sox also lead the Athletics by four games for the best record in the American League. ... The Rays have lost 12 of 16. They have averaged 2.6 runs in those 16 games and hit .179 with runners in scoring position. ... The Sox have won eight of 11 on the road. ... Dempster has allowed four runs in 13 innings against the Rays in two starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.94 in 10 career starts against Tampa Bay. ... Cobb is facing the Red Sox for the fourth time. He allowed 10 earned runs on 18 hits over 17 innings in the previous three starts. ... Napoli is 19 of his last 48 (.396) with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.

Song of the Day: "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M.

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