Game 47: Red Sox at Rays

The Sox are starting to peer around that corner. Here are the lineups for the second game of the series:

RED SOX (25-21)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
Varitek C
Cameron CF

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (4-2, 3.47).

RAYS (32-13)
Bartlett SS
Crawford LF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Aybar DH
Pena 1B
Upton CF
Kaper RF

Pitching: RHP James Shields (5-1, 3.08).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: They have won three straight, six of seven, 14 of 21 and are 21-12 since April 20. All things considered, not so bad.


Welcome back: Cameron will be playing in his first game since April 19. He was discovered the next day to have a lower abdominal tear. Cameron was at .233/.361/.333 through 11 games when he was hurt.

Rays’ ramblings: Tampa Bay has won eight of 10. They are 12-8 at home this season.

Chumps no more: The Sox, despite the win last night, are 12-20 against the Rays since June 30, 2008 and 5-15 at Tropicana Field since Sept. 23, 2007.

The bald and the beautiful: Youkilis is at .388/.563/.821 through 22 games in May with 13 extra-base hits (seven HRs), 17 RBIs, 25 walks and 23 runs scored.

Good thing they didn’t release him: Ortiz is at .361/.403/.787 in May with eight homers, 12 runs scored and 19 RBIs.

Belts for Beltre: Adrian is 15 of his last 35 with seven RBI.

Lester’s lift-off: Lester is 4-0 with 1.89 ERA in his last five starts, allowing only 20 hits over 38 innings and striking out 42. He is 6-3, 4.50 in 13 career starts against the Rays. He allowed seven runs against the Rays in Fenway Park on April 18 in a 7-1 loss.

Watch out: Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit has struck out the last nine batters he has faced.

Shields vs. the Sox: He is 4-7, 5.33 in 13 career starts but 3-0, 1.49 in his last three starts at home. He allowed four runs over 6.2 innings at Fenway on April 17 to get a win.


On the iPod right now: Little Sister by Ry Cooder.

Back with much more later on.

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