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Lineups and Game Notes: Despite Call Up, Mookie Betts Not in Sox' Starting Nine

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Even though he was called up to the Red Sox on Saturday, star prospect Mookie Betts won't start for the Sox in their night game against the Yankees. Brian Gomsak for The Boston Globe

The Red Sox offense produced another clunker on Friday, falling to the Yankees 6-0, collecting just three hits in the entire ballgame. Despite the call up of rising star Mookie Betts earlier in the day, he will not be a starter on Saturday. Here is a look at the starting nine for the Sox and Yankees in the second game of their three-game set in the Bronx:

RED SOX (36-44)
1. Brock Holt (RF)
2. Daniel Nava (LF)
3. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
4. David Ortiz (DH)
5. Mike Napoli (1B)
6. Stephen Drew (SS)
7. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
8. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
9. David Ross (C)
SP: Jon Lester (LHP) (8-7, 3.14 ERA)

YANKEES (41-37)
1. Brett Gardner (LF)
2. Derek Jeter (SS)
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
4. Mark Teixeira (1B)
5. Carlos Beltran (DH)
6. Alfonso Soriano (RF)
7. Brian McCann (C)
8. Brian Roberts (2B)
9. Yangervis Solarte (3B)
SP: Masahiro Tanaka (RHP) (11-2, 2.11 ERA)

Game time: 7:15 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: Tonight’s game marks the half-way point of the regular season...The Red Sox will be below .500 through 81 games for the 1st time since the 1997 club went 37-44 through the first 81 games...The 1996 team was the last to finish with fewer wins (34-47) in the first half…Boston went a team-record 16 consecutive years with a winning record through 81 games from 1998-2013…Boston is 20-9 (.690) this season when recording at least 10 hits, and 32-19 (.627) when scoring at least 3 runs…With 530 doubles, 18 triples, and 449 HR in his career, David Ortiz’s 997 extra-base hits are the most among active left-handed hitters, 3rd among all actives behind Alex Rodriguez (1,203) and Albert Pujols (1,064)…is 3 extra-base hits shy of becoming the 36th player to reach the mark, the 16th left-handed hitter...Only 10 others have ever reached Ortiz’s totals in doubles (530), triples (18), and homers (449).

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