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Game 78: Rays at Red Sox

The Sox are back home and back in the division. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (46-31)
Marco Scutaro SS
Daniel Nava LF
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Bill Hall 2B
Mike Cameron CF

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (8-3, 4.69).

RAYS (44-31)
John Jaso C
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Ben Zobrist CF
Matt Joyce DH
Sean Rodriguez RF
Reid Brignac 2B
Jason Bartlett SS

Pitching: RHP James Shields (6-7, 4.55).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: State of emergency is more like it. The Sox are 46-31 and only two games out of first. But their second baseman (Dustin Pedroia), left fielder (Jacoby Ellsbury), Opening Day starter (Josh Beckett) and catcher (Victor Martinez) are either on the disabled list or will be put there today. Still, they have won two straight and nine of the last 12.

Going well: The Sox are 42-22 since April 20 and 27-11 since May 18.

Not going so well: The Rays have lost 8 of 11 and 19 of their last 31. They are hitting .240 and averaging 4.3 runs over those 31 games.

Rays redux: The Sox are 3-4 against the Rays this season, losing four games at Fenway in April and winning three games at Tropicana Field in May. The teams have each scored 28 runs in the series. … The Sox are 15-15 against teams in the division.

No Lack of wins lately: John Lackey is 4-0 with a 4.15 ERA in his last six starts. But the Red Sox are only 8-7 in the games that he has started this season.


Struggling Shields: James Shields is 0-6 with a 7.12 ERA in his last six starts.

Marco’s the man: Scutaro has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games at 34 of 105 (.324) with 11 extra-base hits, 17 runs scored and 15 RBIs. The Sox are 15-8 in those games. Scutaro has a 3.8 UZR, second among all shortstops in baseball.

The ups and downs: Daniel Nava’s first 10 games: 13 of 34 (.382), six runs scored, eight extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, .447 OB. Nava’s last four games: 2 of 17 (.118), three runs scored, no extra-base hits, no RBIs, .211 OBP.

On the iPod right now: Above The Clouds by Gang Starr (the song that played over the closing credits of Entourage on Sunday night).

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