Game 128: Red Sox at Rangers

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (77-50)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Reddick RF
Lowrie 3B
Crawford LF
Lavarnway DH
Saltalamacchia C
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (11-9, 6.02)

RANGERS (74-55)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Young 3B
Cruz RF
Napoli DH
Moreland 1B
Torrealba C
Chavez CF
Pitching: RHP Colby Lewis (11-8, 3.83)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have dropped two of three, four of seven and seven of their last 12. … The Sox start the day a game behind the Yankees in the division. … Lackey is 11-13, 6.07 in 34 career starts against Texas and 6-6, 6.78 in 17 starts at Rangers Ballpark. That’s his worst ERA against any team and at any park. Lackey last faced the Rangers on April 2 and allowed nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. … Lewis is 2-1, 3.38 in nine career appearances against the Sox, five of them starts. He last faced them on April 2, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. … Nelson Cruz (38 of 88, .409) has the highest average against the Red Sox by any player with at least 90 plate appearances since 1946. … The Sox have dropped five straight against the Rangers, 10 of their last 12 and 17 of their last 23. … Ellsbury is back in the lineup for the first time sine Friday, which he was hit in the back by a fastball and suffered a bruise. … Saltalamacchia is hitting ninth for the first time since June 16. He is 6 of 45 (.133) in his last 13 games with 17 strikeouts.


Stat of the Day: The Sox are 2-11 at Rangers Ballpark the last three years, getting outscored 72-37.

Song of the Day: “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.

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