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Game 5: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (1-3)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Sweeney RF
Ross LF
Saltalamacchia C
Punto SS
Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard (2-9, 3.33 in 2011)

Escobar SS
Johnson 2B
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Encarnacion DH
Lawrie 3B
Thames LF
Arencibia C
Rasmus CF
Pitching: RHP Kyle Drabek (4-5, 6.06 in 2011)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.


Song of the Day: “Once You Get Started” by Chaka Khan from the No Nukes Live record.

Jays vs. Bard: Bautista 0-6, 3 K; Encarnacion 0-2, 2 K; Escobar 0-6, 4 K; Lind 1-6, 4 K; Johnson 0-3; Arencibia 0-2; Davis 0-3; Lawrie 0-1.

Red Sox vs. Drabek: Ellsbury 3-5; Gonzalez 3-6, 2 HR; Ortiz 4-6, 2 HR; Pedroia 1-4, 1 HR; Youkilis 1-4; Salty 1-3; Aviles 0-3.


They’re hot: Ortiz is 7 for 15 and has hit safely in all four games. The same is true of Sweeney.

They’re cold: Youkilis is 0 for 12 with five strikeouts. He is 8 of 53 since the start of spring training. … Ellsbury is 2 for 17. … Salty is 1 for 10 with four strikeouts.

Notes: Bard is making his first major league start after making 192 appearances out of the bullpen. Those are the most games in relief to begin a career with Boston prior to making a start. … Bard is starting for the first time since the 2007 season, his first year in pro ball. … Bard has thrown 24.1 innings against Toronto in his career, allowing 15 hits and striking out 32. … Drabek is 0-1 against the Sox in two starts and has been hit hard: 9 IP, 15 H, 12 ER, 7 BB, 10 K, 5 HR.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not won consecutive games since sweeping a doubleheader from Oakland on Aug. 27. They have on won on consecutive days since winning three in a row at Texas Aug. 23-25.


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