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Game 103: Tigers at Red Sox

The Sox are back home. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (58-44)
Update, 5:36 p.m. – The Boston lineup has changed. JD Drew, originally batting second, has been scratched and replaced by Jeremy Hermida.
SS Marco Scutaro
2B Jed Lowrie
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
C Victor Martinez
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Jeremy Hermida
CF Mike Cameron
LF Eric Patterson

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-5, 2.92)

TIGERS (51-50)

CF Austin Jackson
2B Will Rhymes
LF Johnny Damon
1B Miguel Cabrera
RF Ryan Raburn
3B Johnny Peralta
DH Jeff Frazier
C Gerald Laird
SS Danny Worth

Pitching: RHP Armando Galarraga (3-3, 4.43)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won three straight and five of their last seven. But they still trail by Rays by 5.5 in the wild card and the Yankees by 7.5 in the AL East.

No-luck Lester: Jon Lester has allowed 13 hits and struck out 19 over 15.2 innings in his last two starts but is 0-2. He allowed four runs in seven innings against the Tigers in Detroit on May 15 in a no-decision.

Perfect no more: Armando Galarraga is 1-2 with a 5.245 ERA in his seven starts since the perfect game was denied him by a bad call on May 28.

Pitching prowess: The Red Sox have a 2.77 ERA in their last six games, striking out 60 over 65 innings. At 4.19, their ERA is the lowest it has been all season.

The clutch is stuck: The Red Sox were 4 of 28 with runners in scoring position in the last two games with 24 runners left on base.


Hot and cold: David Ortiz has hit safely in seven straight games at 9 of 26 with three homers and five RBIs. But he has struck out 11 times in those seven games.

Heating up: Marco Scutaro is 7 of 14 with four runs scored, four RBIs, two walks and two extra-base hits in his last three games. He has a .729 OPS.

Random stuff: Jeremy Hermida is 2 of 17 with nine strikeouts since coming off the disabled list. … Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed an earned run in his last 11.2 innings. … The Red Sox have 237 doubles, the most in the majors. They’re on a pace to hit 369. The team record is 373 (2004) and the MLB record is 376 by the 2008 Rangers. … The Sox are 49-27 in night games. … The Sox are 7-7 since the All-Star break.

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