Game 120: Rays at Red Sox

Here are the ineups:

RED SOX (73-46)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C
Reddick RF
Aviles SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)

RAYS (64-55)
Jennings LF
Fuld RF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist DH
Upton CF
Kotchman 1B
Rodriguez 2B
Shoppach C
Johnson SS

Pitching: RHP James Shields (11-9, 2.80)

Game time: 1:05 p.m.


Notes: The Sox have dropped three of four and are tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Rays are nine games back. … The Sox are 7-6 in August. … The teams have split eight games so far this season and have 10 to play. … Lester has allowed seven runs on 13 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings in his last two starts. He is 9-4, 3.81 in 17 career starts against the Rays. He faced them on April 12 and allowed three runs over seven innings. … Shields is 6-10, 4.95 in 18 career starts against the Sox. Shields was 8-4, 2.29 in his first 16 starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.93 in his eight starts since.


Stat of the Day: Sox pitchers have a 4.30 ERA in August after posting a 3.70 in July. Sot hitters are at .281/.335/.453 in August after a hot .298/.373/.501 July.

Song of the Day: “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye.

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