Game 130: Red Sox at Rays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (74-55)
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Nava LF
Kalish CF
Hall 2B

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.26)

RAYS (78-50)
Jaso C
Zobrist 2B
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Joyce RF
Johnson DH
Upton CF
Bartlett SS

Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (13-7, 3.62)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLBN/WEEI

State of the Sox: They have won five of their last six and trail the first-place Rays and Yankees by 4.5 games with 32 games left to play.

Pitching, pitching, pitching: The Sox have won five of six because their pitchers have a 1.93 ERA in that stretch and opponents are hitting .183. The bullpen has thrown 15 scoreless innings in those six games, allowing four hits and striking out 16.

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Good combination: The Sox have won 13 games this season with Daniel Bard getting a hold and Jonathan Papelbon the save. That’s the most for a AL team since the Angels had 13 from Scot Shields and Francisco “Let’s Take it Outside” Rodriguez in 2006.

Weird stat of the day: The Elias Sports Bureau figured out that the team that scored first has won the last 18 games between the Sox and Rays. That’s the most since a 20-game streak between the Tigers and Blue Jays from 1991-92. You know how many players or coaches on the two teams know or care about this? Not a one.

Runnin’ Rays: Tampa is 24 of 26 on stolen bases against the Sox this season. But the Rays are hitting only .219 against the Sox.

Season series: The Sox are 5-8 against the Rays but 4-3 in St. Pete.

On the iPod right now: Rockstar 101 by Rihanna featuring Slash.

That’s it for now, check back later for more from the Trop and a live in-game blog.

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