Can the Red Sox not give up any runs in the first inning tonight? Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (51-39)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-5, 4.78)
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:
Youkilis 3-15, HR
Cameron 1-3 HR
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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