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Game 65: Phillies at Red Sox

The Red Sox are seeking a sweep today. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (37-27)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Beltre 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 1B
Drew RF
McDonald CF
Nava LF

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (2-4, 5.48).

PHILLIES (31-29)
Victorino CF
Polanco 3B
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Werth RF
Ibanez LF
Francisco DH
Castro SS
Ruiz C

Pitching: LHP Cole Hamels (5-5, 3.98).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won two straight and four of their last six. They start the day four games out of first place and three games out of the wild card. The Sox have the sixth-best record in baseball overall.


Interleague experts: The Red Sox are 131-103 against National League team since interleague play started, 66-29 over the last five years. They have outscored NL teams by 165 runs in those 95 games.

Time passes: The season is 40 percent over as of today.

Smacking them around like Rocky: The Sox are 4-1 against the Phillies this season, outscoring them 36-12. … They are 33 of 79 in his series with 22 runs scored, 15 extra-base hits and seven walks. The Sox are 14 of 37 with runners in scoring position the last two games.

Wake up: Tim Wakefield threw eight shutout innings against the Phillies on May 23, allowing five hits. He is 4-1, 2.68 in his career against the Phillies.


Exclusive club: Wakefield (2,997.1) hopes to join Andy Pettitte (3,006.2) and Jamie Moyer (3,982) as the only active starters with 3,000 innings. Wakefield also starts the day with 191 wins.

Cole hard facts: Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against the Sox. He allowed one run on three hits over seven innings on May 21 in Philadelphia. This will be his first game pitching at Fenway Park.

How you like me now? Terry Francona is 18-5 against the Phillies since they fired him.

Free-falling Phils: The Phillies have lost 14 of their last 19 games. They held a team meeting before yesterday’s game then went out and lost 10-2.


On a roll:The Sox are 7-1-3 in their last 11 series.

Hot hitters: J.D. Drew is 45 of his last 138 (.326) with 19 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs over 39 games. … Dustin Pedroia may be snapping out of his skid. He has 5 hits in his last 13 at-bats with two doubles and three RBIs. … David Ortiz is 5 of 10 in the series with four RBIs. … Adrian Beltre is 6 of his last 13 with three RBIs. … Darnell McDonald has a five-game hitting streak and is 7 of 16 in that stretch, raising his batting average to .290.

On the iPod right now: Live With Me by The Rolling Stones, featuring Christina Aguilera from the Shine A Light soundtrack.


Back with more later including a live in-game blog.

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