Game 121: Rays at Red Sox

Here are the lineups for Game 2:

RED SOX (74-46)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jed Lowrie, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Josh Reddick, RF
Carl Crawford, DH
Mike Aviles, SS
Jason Varitek, C
Darnell McDonald, LF

Pitching: LHP Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.55)

RAYS (64-56)
Desmond Jennings, LF
Johnny Damon, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Ben Zobrist, 2B
B.J. Upton, CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Sean Rodriguez, SS
Matt Joyce, RF
Robinson Chirinos, C

Pitching: Jeff Niemann (7-4, 3.43)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Notes: Bedard is making his third start for the Sox. He is facing the Rays for the third time this season. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits over 8.1 innings in those two games. … Niemann is 3-0, 2.08 in his last three starts. He faced the Red Sox on July 17 at Tropicana Field and allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts.


Stat of the Day: Ellsbury has 54 extra-base hits and is on a pace to finish the regular season with 73. That would be the most for a Red Sox center fielder since Fred Lynn had 81 in 1979.

Song of the Day: “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love” by The Swingin’ Medallions.

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