Game 43: Tigers at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (22-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (3-1, 1.75).

TIGERS (22-20)
Jackson CF
Sizemore 2B
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Dirks LF
Peralta SS
Avila C
Inge 3B

Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (4-3, 2.91).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Notes: The Sox have won five straight, eight of 10 and 11 of 16. They are 20-10 since their 2-10 start. … The Sox start the day 2.5 games out of first place. … Beckett is 3-0, 1.36 in his last seven starts and is riding a streak of 18.1 consecutive innings without giving up a run. He is 3-1, 2.60 against the Tigers in his career, 2-0, 1.25 in his last three starts. Beckett has not faced the Tigers since 2009. … Verlander has allowed one run on two hits over 17 innings in his last two starts. He is 2-2, 3.89 against the Sox in five career starts, giving up three runs over seven innings in his one start last season. … Verlander is 2-1, 3.14 in four starts at Fenway. … Kevin Youkilis has hit safely in six straight games at .348 (8 for 23). He is up to .258 on the season.


Sox vs. Verlander: Youkilis 5-14, 2 HR; Crawford 8-23, Ellsbury 2-7, Ortiz 3-12, Drew 2-9, Saltalamacchia 0-6, Pedroia 0-3, Gonzalez 1-1, HR, 2 BB; Lowrie 1-2.

Tigers vs. Beckett: Santiago 0-3, Inge 3-11, Peralta 4-14, Martinez 3-17, 1 HR; Cabrera 0-6, Avila 0-2.

Stat of the Day: The Sox and Tigers have six shutouts, tied for the most in the American League.

Song of the Day: “Heat” by 50 Cent.

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