Game 162: Red Sox at Orioles

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (90-71)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Lavarnway C
Drew RF
Scutaro SS
Crawford LF
Aviles 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (15-9, 3.49)

ORIOLES (68-93)
Andino 2B
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Guerrero DH
Wieters C
Jones CF
Reynolds 1B
Davis 3B
Reimold LF
Pitching: RHP Alfredo Simon (4-9, 4.85)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


Notes: The Sox have not won two straight since sweeping a doubleheader from Oakland on Aug. 27. Today would be a good time to end that streak, eh? … The Sox and Rays are tied for the AL Wild card. If they are tied after tonight, they will play tomorrow afternoon at Tropicana Field to decide it. If either team claims the wild card tonight, they will play Game 1 of the Division Series at Texas or Detroit on Friday. … The Sox are 7-19 this month with losses in 15 of their last 20 games. … The Sox are 10-7 against the Orioles but have dropped four of the last six games. … Lester is 0-3, 10.54 in his last three starts (13.2 IP, 21 H, 16 ER, 8 BB, 10 K) but is 14-0, 2.33 against Baltimore. … Simon faced the Red Sox on July 9. He allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks over 4.2 inning. The Sox won the game, 4-0. … Simon has thrown 9.2 career innings against the Sox, giving up six runs on 10 hits and 10 walks. Ellsbury is 3 for 3 against Simon with a double and a triple. … Scutaro is hitting .375 this month with 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs.


Stat of the Day: Ellsbury was 1 for 5 with a two-run home run last night. That extended his hit streak against the Orioles to 35 games, the first coming on April 17, 2009. He is 66 of 156 (.423) in the streak.

Song of the Day: “One” by U2.

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