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Game 108: Indians at Red Sox

The three-knockdown rule is in effect tonight. Here are your lineups:

RED SOX (61-46)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Ortiz DH
Martinez 1B
Drew RF
Beltre 3B
Kalish LF
Lowrie 2B
Cash C

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.05)

INDIANS (45-62)
Donald 2B
Cabrera SS
Choo RF
Duncan LF
LaPorta 1B
Nix DH
Marte 3B
Crowe SS
Marson C

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (3-10, 5.55)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won three of four and six of their last eight. They start the day 6.5 games out first and 5.5 games out in the wild card.

Keeping it close: The Red Sox are 31-28 in games decided by one or two runs. No team in the game has played more such games.

Try, try again: Jon Lester is 0-3, 4.57 in his last three starts. He was knocked around by the Indians in Cleveland on June 10, giving up six runs on nine hits over six innings.

Masterson of his domain: Former Sox pitcher Justin Masterson dominated his former club on June 9, throwing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and two walks.

In his 11 starts prior to that game, Masterson was 1-5 with a 5.46 ERA. In his nine starts since he is 1-5 with a 6.55 ERA.

On a roll: David Ortiz has hit safely in 12 straight games at 16 of 50 with 12 RBI. It’s the longest streak for Ortiz since 2007 when he hit in 13 straight. … Adrian Beltre has hit safely in nine straight at 13 of 37 with nine RBI.

Rookie rumbles: Ryan Kalish is 7 of 13 in four games since he was called up.


Tribe Called Quest (to get on base): Sox pitchers retired the final 17 Indians in a row last night.

On the iPod right now: In the Beginning by The Stills.

Back with plenty more later on.

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