Game 77: Red Sox at Giants

One game left on the road trip. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (45-31)
Marco Scutaro SS
Daniel Nava LF
David Ortiz 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Victor Martinez C
J.D. Drew RF
Bill Hall 2B
Darnell McDonald CF
Jon Lester LHP (8-3, 3.03)

GIANTS (40-33)
Andres Torres CF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Aubrey Huff LF
Buster Posey 1B
Edgar Renteria SS
Bengie Molina C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Nate Schierholtz RF
Tim Lincecum RHP (8-2, 2.86)

Game time: 4:05 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Red Sox are 2-3 on their road trip. They start the day two games behind the Yankees, who are at the Dodgers tonight. The team is off tomorrow and opens at series at Fenway on Tuesday against Tampa Bay.


See you in the Series: The Sox play their final interleague game of the regular season today. They are 12-5 against the NL and are 94-49 since the start of the 2003 season. Mix in the World Series and they’re 102-49.

California love: The Red Sox are 10-2 against teams from California this season (4-0 Angels, 3-0 Dodgers, 1-1 Giants and 2-1 Athletics).

Complete players: Red Sox pitchers are 5 of 15 at the plate this season with five sacrifrices, one RBI and a walk. The Sox pitchers were 2 of 21 at the plate last season and got down only two sacrifices.

Nava needs a knock: Daniel Nava was 10 of 26 (.385) when he first came up. He is 4 of 20 (.200) since. Nava is hitless in his last eight at-bats and 1 of his last 12.

Roadhouse blues: The Sox are 19-16 on the road but have dropped five of their last seven away from Fenway Park.

Hot Sox: Beltre has hit safely in 14 of 15 games (22 of 59, .373) and 19 of the last 21 (29 of 84, .345). … Martinez is 28 of 78 (.359) this month. … Scutaro has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games at 32 of 100 (.320, duh) and reached base safely in 63 of his 73 games this season. … Cameron is 7 of his last 23 (.304) with six RBI and two extra-base hits.


Giant tales: San Francisco is 27-7 when it scores first. … The Giants are 25-13 at home and have won 15 of their last 20 at AT&T Park.

Plenty of work: Sox relievers in the last four games: 15 IP, 20 H, 12 ER, 4 BB, 15 K.

Milestone watch: Ortiz has 274 homers with the Red Sox and 332 for his career.

Unsung hero: Scott Atchison’s last five appearances: 12.1 innings, 9 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts. The Sox have won four of those games.

On the iPod right now: Desperados Under The Eaves by the late, great Warren Zevon.

Back with much more later on including an in-game blog.

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