Game 52: Red Sox at Tigers

It’s a beautiful day in Detroit. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (29-22)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Cameron RF
Saltalamacchia C

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-3, 3.30)

TIGERS (25-25)
Jackson CF
Dirks LF
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Peralta SS
Avila C
Raburn 2B
Inge 3B

Pitching: LHP Andy Oliver (season debut)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Notes: Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts this month, allowing only 23 hits over 33 innings with seven walks and 26 strikeouts. He is 1-1, 2.23 in five career starts against Detroit. But in his last four starts against the Tigers, he has a 0.95 ERA (28.1 IP, 3 ER). Buchholz faced the Tigers on May 18 at Fenway and threw seven innings in a 1-0 victory. … Oliver, 23, is being called up for the game after going 4-3, 3.21 in nine games for Class AAA Toldeo. He was a second round pick in 2009 out of Oklahoma State. Oliver features a good fastball that tops out around 96 with a changeup and slider that are getting better. He was 0-4, 7.36 in five starts in the majors last season. … The Sox have won four straight, 12 of 14 and 15 of 19 to take over first place in the division. … The Sox are 13-5 on the road after an 0-7 start. … The Sox are 4-0 against the Tigers this season, outscoring them 25-7. … Gonzalez has hit safely in eight straight games at 17 of 38 (.447) with seven RBIs. He has gone 54 at-bats without a home run, however. … Ellsbury is 6 of 12 in the last three games with two home runs and five RBIs.


Stat of the Day: The Red Sox had a team earned run average of 6.79 over the first 12 games of the season. It is 3.22 in the 39 games since.

Song of the Day: “The Call Up” by The Clash.

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