Game 45: Cubs at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (24-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 2.60).

CUBS (19-24)
Fukudome RF
Barney 2B
Castro SS
Ramirez 3B
Pena 1B
Byrd CF
Soriano DH
DeWitt LF
Hill C

Pitching: RHP Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.89).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have won seven straight, 10 of 12 and 13 of 18. They have not won eight straight since winning 11 straight from April 15-27, 2009. … Aceves last started a game on July 9, 2009 when he was with the Yankees. He was 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts for the Yankees from 2008-09. The Sox hope to get 75-80 pitches from him. … Zambrano has faced the Sox once, a no-decision on June 11, 2005 when he allwoed four runs on five hits over five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. … Youkilis has hit safely in eight straight games at 12 of 31 (.387) with 11 RBIs, seven extra-base hits and nine RBIs. That has raised his batting average from .239 to .271. … The Sox are 141-107 in interleague play. … The Sox are 16-5 when they score first, 8-15 when the other team scores first. … Ortiz has 299 home runs with the Red Sox. Only Ted Williams (521), Carl Yastrzemski (452), Jim Rice (382) and Dewey Evans (379) have had more. … The Sox are hitting .290/354/460 in May and averaging 5.2 runs. They are 13-5 this month.


Cubs vs. Aceves: Byrd 1-2, Pena 0-3.

Red Sox vs. Zambrano: Crawford 1-3, Drew 3-15, Gonzalez 3-15, Cameron 2-19, Ortiz 0-2, Varitek 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Red Sox pitching had a 6.79 ERA and the offense had a .669 OPS in the first 12 games of the season. They have had a 3.32 ERA and a .785 OPS since.

Song of the Day: OK, you have three choices …

• “Rapture” by Blondie.

• “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” by R.E.M.

• “Waiting For The End Of The World” by Elvis Costello and The Attractions.

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