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Game 92: Rangers at Red Sox

As the Sox look to salvage a split, here are the lineups:

RED SOX (52-39)
Scutaro SS
McDonald RF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Cameron CF
Hall 2B
Nava LF
Brown C

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-3, 2.78)

RANGERS (52-39)
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Kinsler 2B
Guerrero LF
Hamilton DH
Cruz RF
Davis 1B
Treanor C
Borbon CF

Pitching: LHP C.J. Wilson (7-5, 3.35)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


State of the Sox: They have lost seven of their last 10 and start the day 5.5 games out in the division and 3.5 out in the wild card.

Go West, young men: The Sox are 9-4 against the AL West this season and have 11 more games in a row against that division. After today’s game, they leave for a 10-game, 10-day road trip against Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Lefty vs. lefty: Lester is 2-0, 3.55 in five career starts against Texas. … Wilson is 1-1, 1.56 in 13 appearances against Boston, one of them a start. He started April 22 at Fenway and pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

They spell relief: Daniel Bard has thrown 11 straight scoreless innings; Jonathan Papelbon has thrown 6.1 straight scoreless inning.

Swing hard in case you hit it: Red Sox catchers are 6 for 46 (.130) since Victor Martinez last played.

Respect: David Ortiz has walked 13 times in the last nine games.

Texas tussle: The Sox are 3-3 against the Rangers this season and 5-10 over the last two years.

Home cooking: The Sox have won 16 of their last 22 games at Fenway Park.


Best of the bunch: Since April 22, the Rangers (47-30), Red Sox (46-30), Yankees (46-30) and White Sox (45-30) have the best records in baseball.

Finally: When Nelson Cruz was nabbed in the second inning on Saturday, it ended a streak of 35 successful steals by Texas against the Sox.

On the iPod right now: The summer playlist which includes Girls In Their Summer Clothes (Springsteen), Summertime Blues (The Who), Boys of Summer (Don Henley), Summer Days by Bob Dylan, Summer by Buffalo Tom and Summertime by Wil Smith.

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