Game 127: Mariners at Red Sox

Weather permitting, the teams will play two games today. Here are the lineups for Game 1:

RED SOX (72-54)
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Nava LF
Hall 2B
Kalish CF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (3-3, 6.67)

MARINERS (49-76)
Suzuki RF
Figgins 2B
Branyan DH
Lopez 3B
Kotchman 1B
Gutierrez CF
Bard C
Langerhans LF
Wilson SS

Pitching: RHP David Pauley (2-4, 3.70)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox were rained out yesterday. They have won three straight and are 3-2 against the Mariners this season with five games left against them.


Big game for Beckett: The righthander has allowed 19 runs on 28 hits (five of them home runs) in his last 16 innings over three starts. Beckett is 4-1, 2.92 in six career starts against Seattle and pitched well against the Mariners on July 23, allowing one run over 5.1 innings in his first start after coming off the disabled list.

They’re hot: Marco Scutaro is 15 of 39 (.385) with a .432 on-base percentage in the last 10 games with eight runs scored, seven RBIs and four doubles. … David Ortiz has hit .306 in his last 30 games with 20 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits. He hit safely in 27 of those 30 games, raising his batting average from .250 to .267. … Jonathan Papelbon has struck out seven and not allowed a run in his last four appearances (four innings).

They’re not so hot: Mike Lowell is 3 of 21 with no RBIs in his last six games. … Ryan Kalish is 2 of his last 24.

The defense rests: The Sox have committed 18 errors in their last 19 games.

Pitching power: After giving up 16 runs against Toronto on Friday, Sox pitchers have allowed six earned runs on 20 hits in the last 29 innings. They have 33 strikeouts in that stretch. Opponents are 20 of 133 (.194).

Random stuff: The Sox are 36-30 in games decided by one or two runs. Pretty amazing that 53 percent of their games have been decided by one or two runs. … Bill Hall has four hours and eight RBIs in his last nine games. … The Sox are 20-18 against the bottom five teams (Seattle, Baltimore, Oakland, Cleveland and Kansas City) in the AL.


On the iPod right now: “When the President Talks to God,” by Bright Eyes.

Stay with Extra Bases. We’ll have updates all day and maybe a chat during Game 1.

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