Game 45: Rays at Red Sox

Here’s a look at the series opener at Fenway Park:

RED SOX (22-22)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Nava LF
Byrd RF
Podsednik CF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

RAYS (27-18)
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Luke Scott DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Drew Sutton 3B
Chris Gimenez C
Elliot Johnson SS
Pitching: Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Rays vs. Lester: Gimenez 0-0, Johnson 1-5, Joyce 0-1, Molina 5-15, Pena 10-37, Rhymes 2-4, Rodriguez 2-4, Scott 0-8, Sutton 0-0, Thompson 0-0, Upton 10-49, Vogt 0-0, Zobrist 7-31.


Red Sox vs. Cobb: Aviles 0-3; no other Red Sox have faced Cobb.

Stat of the Day: The Rays have committed 41 errors, the most of any team.

Notes: Trivia question: The Red Sox have one bunt base hit this season. Who hit it? (answer at end of notes) … Cobb was born in Boston, but went to high school in Florida … Aviles is two home runs short of his single-season high of 10 in 2008 … The Red Sox have four series wins and one split in their last five series … The Red Sox have a five-game home winning streak entering the opener vs. the Rays … Ortiz is hitting .455 with four doubles, a home run, eight RBIs and five runs against the Rays this season … Last year after 44 games, the Red Sox were 24-20 … This is Lester’s first start against the Rays this season. He went 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA against them last season … The Red Sox have not had a walk-off win since beating the Yankees 3-2 on Aug. 7, 2011 … The Red Sox’ best inning for run production this season has been the third, with 41. The second inning is second with 36 runs … Pedroia is the only Red Sox player to start all 44 games this season at the same position. … Trivia answer: Ortiz.

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