Game 25: Mariners at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-13)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Cameron RF
Varitek C
McDonald LF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-2, 4.09).

MARINERS (11-15)
Suzuki RF
Figgins 3B
Bradley LF
Olivo C
Smoak 1B
Cust DH
Kennedy 2B
Saunders CF
Ryan SS

Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (0-2, 5.53)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Notes: The Sox are coming off a 6-3 road trip and start an 11-game homestand. … Seattle has won three straight. … Matsuzaka has thrown 15 scoreless innings in his last two starts, allowing two hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts. He is 2-1, 4.11 in eight career starts against Seattle and is facing them at home for the first time since 2007. … The Sox have not committed an error in eight straight games. … Ellsbury has hit safely in seven straight at 13 of 32 with six runs scored, five RBIs and five doubles. However he has struck out nine times and walked just twice in that stretch. … Gonzalez has hit safely in five straight at 10 of 23 with six RBIs and five doubles. … The team ERA has dropped from 6.79 to 4.39 in the last 12 games. The number of “John Farrell was a great pitching coach, Curt Young is a dope” e-mails to blog headquarters have dropped to zero.


Stat of the day: The great Ichiro Suzuki has hit .265 in his career at Fenway Park, his lowest batting average at any major league stadium where he has had at least 20 at-bats.

RemDawg update: Jerry Remy is out again tonight. Peter Gammons will fill in for him. Get well soon, Jerry.

Song of the day: “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix.

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