Two games at Fenway, should be a fun day. Here are lineups for Game 1:
RED SOX (76-58)
Game 1 starter: RHP Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.21)
Game 2 starter: RHP John Lackey (12-8, 4.60)
WHITE SOX (73-60)
M. Ramirez DH
A. Ramirez SS
Game 1 starter: LHP John Danks (12-9, 3.65)
Game 2 starter: RHP Gavin Floyd (9-11, 3.86)
Game times: 1:05 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
Ticket update: Two separate admissions. Tickets from Friday’s postponed game are good for today’s first game.
State of the (Red) Sox: The Sox have won two straight and start the day 8.5 games out first place, matching their largest deficit of the season. They are seven behind in the wild card race.
State of the (White) Sox: They are four games out of first place in the Central and 9.5 games out in the wild card.
Long time, no see: The teams haven’t played each other since last Sept. 7. There are seven Sox vs. Sox games left this season.
Feats of Clay: Buchholz is 5-0 with a 1.07 earned run average in his last seven starts. He has faced the White Sox twice in his career and allowed 12 earned runs on 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Closing time: Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed a run in his last eight innings, giving up three hits while striking out 13 in that span. Through Thursday, he was third in the American League with 35 saves and had dropped his ERA from 3.26 to 2.81
Milestone watch: Adrian Beltre starts the series with 998 RBIs and 898 runs scored in his career.
The Manny report: Manny Ramirez was 5 for 12 with one home run in June when the Dodgers were at Fenway. He is a career .316 hitter at Fenway Park in his career with 142 home runs over 593 games. He has played 75 games against the Red Sox in his career, hitting .275.
On the iPod right now: Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
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