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Game 91: Rangers at Red Sox

Can the Red Sox not give up any runs in the first inning tonight? Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (51-39)
Scutaro SS
McDonald LF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Cameron CF
Hall 2B
Cash C

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-5, 4.78)

RANGERS (52-38)
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Kinsler 2B
Guerrero DH
Hamilton LF
Cruz RF
Molina C
Davis 1B
Borbon CF

Pitching: LHP Cliff Lee (8-4, 2.64)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have lost seven of their last nine to fall 6 1/2 games out of first place and 3 1/2 out of the wild card.

Texas troubles: The Sox are 2-3 against Texas this season, with all five games coming at Fenway. After fininshing this weekend’s series, they play three games in Texas in August.

Beltre belts another: Adrian Beltre has 16 career homers against Texas, tied for his most against one team. He also has 16 against the Angels.

The lowdown on Lee: Cliff Lee is 2-4, 4.39 in nine career starts against the Red Sox. He is 1-2, 5.79 in four starts at Fenway Park. In his last start against the Sox, on April 27, 2009, he threw eight shutout innings for Cleveland, scattering five hits without a walk.

How the Sox have fared against Lee:

Scutaro 7-21
Ortiz 5-21
Youkilis 3-15, HR
Beltre 4-26
Drew 2-4
Cameron 1-3 HR
McDonald 1-2
Cash 1-6

Lack of success: John Lackey is 1-2, 5.61 in his last three starts. The Red Sox are 9-9 in games he has started this season. He is 11-12, 5.87 in 32 career starts against Texas.


Random notes: J.D. Drew is 5 of his last 15 with four RBIs … Daniel Nava has reached base safely in 22 of the 26 games he has played in.

On the iPod right now: Is It Any Wonder? by Keane.

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