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Game 104: Tigers at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (58-45)
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Martinez C
Beltre 3B
Hall 2B
Hermida LF
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-3, 4.09)

TIGERS (52-50)
Jackson CF
Rhymes 2B
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Peralta 3B
Kelly LF
Frazier DH
Laird C
Santiago SS

Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (7-8, 4.45)

Game time: 4:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won five of their last eight but last night’s 6-5 setback was a painful one and dropped the team 6.5 games out in the wild card with only 58 games left to play.

The offense is offensive: The Red Sox are 6 of 36 (.167) in the last three games with runners in scoring position and have left 36 men on base. … The Red Sox have struck out 44 times in the last four games and 74 times in the last eight games.

Close encounters: The Red Sox are 28-27 in games decided by one or two runs.

All or nothing at all: David Ortiz is 10 of his last 30 with four homers and nine RBI. But he also has struck out 14 times.

Slumping Sox: Mike Cameron is 1 of his last 16 and Jeremy Hermida 2 of 20 with nine strikeouts.

Hot Sox: Marco Scutaro is 9 of 18 in the last four games with two homers, three walks, five RBI and six runs scored. He has raised his batting average from .273 to .283. … Victor Martinez is 5 of 17 with two walks since coming off the DL.

No relief: Hideki Okajima has appeared in only five games this month, throwing 4.2 innings. He has allowed 11 hits in those games. … Tim Wakefield has allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in 10.2 relief innings. Overall, he has allowed 17 earned runs in his last 15.2 innings.


Pitching today: Matsuzaka is 2-1, 1.93 in his last three starts and is 4-1, 2.64 in his five career starts against Detroit. … Scherzer is 5-2, 2.28 in his last eight starts.

On the iPod right now: Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne.

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