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Game 85: Red Sox at Rays

Here are the lineups for tonight:

RED SOX (49-35)
Scutaro SS
McDonald RF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Hall 2B
Nava LF
Cameron CF
Cash C

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (3-6, 4.96).

RAYS (50-33)
Zobrist RF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Rodriguez 2B
Joyce DH
Upton CF
Brignac SS
Shoppach C

Pitching: LHP David Price (11-4, 2.42)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have lost three straight and four of their last six. They have not lost four straight since a five-game losing streak from April 15-19.

Beltre bummer: Adrian Beltre is 2 of 18 this month with one run scored and one RBI.

Double their fun: The Sox have 200 doubles. No other team has more than 171.

OBP machine: Daniel Nava has reached base safely in 18 of the 20 games he has played.

Good pickup: Eric Patterson is 6 of 20 with four extra-base hits and three RBIs and six runs scored in five games.

Favorite foe: Wakefield is 20-5 with a 3.45 ERA in 45 career appearances against the Rays, 32 of them starts. He hasn’t faced them since May 2, 2009 when he allowed five runs in five innings in a game the Sox won 10-6.

Wakefield is 10-3, 3.12 in 24 games at Tropicana Field. Wakefield has won more games here than any other park outside of Fenway.

Price is right: The tough lefty is 1-1, 4.76 in two career starts against the Red Sox, both of them coming last season.

On the iPod right now: Bankrobber by The Clash.

Back with more later.


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