Game 67: Red Sox at Rays

Here are the linueps:

RED SOX (39-27)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Lowrie SS
Drew RF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-2, 2.06)

RAYS (36-31)
Damon DH
Zobrist 2B
Joyce RF
Longo 3B
Kotchman 1B
Upton CF
Jaso C
Ruggiano LF
Brignac SS

Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-4, 3.03)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Notes: Those pesky Rays are 3-0 against the Sox this season, outscoring them 23-7. They are 10-3 against the Sox since last June 20. … The Sox are 8-20 at Tropicana Field since the start of the 2008 season. Must be the cowbells. … Beckett has faced the Rays once since April 30, 2009. That came on April 16, 2010 when he threw seven shutout innings. … Beckett has a 1.65 ERA since May 1 but a more human 3.32 in his last three starts. … Hellickson has thrown seven career innings against the Sox. He started against them at Fenway on April 11. His lineL 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K. He is 6-2, 2.58 in his last nine starts. … Ellsbury has an 11-game hit streak going.


Stat of the Day: The Sox were 111-58 against the Rays in the first 10 years of the series. They are 24-33 the last four seasons.

Song of the Day: “Heat” by 50 Cent.

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