Game 88: Red Sox at Rays

Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:

RED SOX (44-43)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Aviles SS
Shoppach C
Lillibridge 1B
Nava LF
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53)

RAYS (45-42)
Johnson SS
Pena 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Scott DH
Keppinger 3B
Jennings LF
Molina C
Rodriguez 2B
Pitching: LHP David Price (11-4, 2.82)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Price: Ortiz 4-22, Gonzalez 3-18, Ellsbury 4-16, Aviles 2-11, Salty 1-8, Ross 1-6, Lillibridge 2-5, Nava 0-5, Sweeney 2-4, Shoppach 1-2, Middlebrooks 2-3, Punto 0-3.

Rays vs. Buchholz: Scott 6-26, Pena 5-25,Zobrist 3-23, Matsui 6-19, Upton 6-17, Molina 4-10, Rodriguez 3-9, Rhymes 4-7, Jennings 0-3, Keppinger 0-3, Johnson 1-2.

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Stat of the Day: Kevin Youkilis is 18 of 53 (.340) with five extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 14 games since he was traded to the White Sox. Will Middlebrooks is 4 of 31 (.129) with two extra-base hits and three RBIs in eight games since the trade,

Notes: The Sox start the day 1.5 games out of second place in the division and 1.5 games out of the second wild-card sport. They have won two of three. Then again, they have lost six of eight. … The Rays have dropped 10 of their last 15 games. … Price is 6-4, 3.22 in 12 career starts against the Red Sox. He has faced them twice this season, pitching poorly on April 13 (3 IP, 3 ER, 83 pitches) and well on May 26 (7 IP, 1 ER, 115 pitches). … Buchholz returns from the disabled list to pitch for the first time since June 19 against Miami. He is 4-0, 2.43 in his last five starts. Buchholz is 5-3, 2.49 in 11 career starts against the Rays including three this season. … The Red Sox lead the majors with 316 extra-base hits. The Yankees are second with 299. … Ortiz has hit safely in 14 of 15 games at 19 of 50 (.380) with five homers and 15 walks. … Ciriaco is 10 of 16 with four runs scored, six RBIs and three steals in four games. … The Red Sox are 22-19 on the road with wins in 21 of their last 35 games. … The Sox are 6-4 against the Rays this season. … Red Sox are 18-9 when facing a lefthanded starter.

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Song of the Day: “The Price You Pay” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.