Game 79: Rays at Red Sox

The Sox finish up their two-game set with the Rays tonight. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (47-31)
Scutaro SS
Patterson LF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Hall 2B
Varitek C
Cameron CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2, 4.50).

RAYS (44-32)
Zobrist CF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Joyce RF
Jaso DH
Rodriguez 2B
Shoppach C
Bartlett SS

Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (8-5, 4.10).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won three straight and 10 of their last 13 and are one game behind the Yankees in the division.

Rating the Rays: Tampa Bay has lost nine of 12 and 20 of its last 32.


Let’s try this again: Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings in his first start off the disabled list last week. He is 3-1, 4.56 in four starts at home.

Milestone watch: Terry Francona is three wins away from 900 for his career.

The running Rays: The Rays are 14 of 14 in stolen bases against the Sox this season and have swiped 17 in a row dating back to last season and are 47 of 51 over the last 26 meetings between the teams.

Carl Crawford has stolen 33 straight against the Sox. Tim Wakefield caught him leaning on Sept. 21, 2005. The last catcher to throw him out was Jason Varitek on May 20, 2004.

Home cooking: The Sox have won seven straight at Fenway and have won 26 of their last 35 at home.

On the iPod right now: Thru And Thru by The Rolling Stones.

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

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