Game 78: Red Sox at Mariners

Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:

RED SOX (41-37)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Nava LF
Shoppach C
Lillibridge CF
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.54)

MARINERS (34-46)
Ichiro RF
Wells CF
Seager 3B
Montero C
Olivo DH
Smoak 1B
Ackley 2B
Figgins LF
Ryan SS
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (7-7, 4.54)

Game time: 4:10 p.m.


Doubront vs. Mariners: Jaso 1-3, Montero 0-1.

Vargas vs. Red Sox: Gonzalez 4-11, Pedroia 1-8, Shoppach 4-9, Ortiz 3-9, Aviles 1-6, Lillibridge 1-6, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 1-2, Punto 0-1, Ross 1-2, Salty 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Vicente Padilla has thrown 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 11 appearances.


Notes: The Red Sox seek a split of the four-game series with Doubront on the hill looking to atone for his worst start of the season. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits in six innings against Toronto on Monday. Doubront has not faced the Mariners since throwing 1.1 innings of relief against them on Aug. 25, 2010. … Vargas is 1-2, 4.26 in four career starts against the Sox. He faced them at Fenway on May 14 and took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in six innings. Nava and Shoppach homered off him. … Red Sox pitchers have an 0.97 ERA in five games against Seattle this season. … Hot Sox: Gonzalez has hit in 11 straight at 17 of 46. Ross is 14 of 44 with nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in 12 games. Ortiz has hit safely in six straight at 8 of 22 with six extra-base hits and four RBIs. … Pedroia has gone 159 at-bats since his last home run. That was on May 10.

Song of the Day: “Sunday Hardcore Matinee” by Dropkick Murphys.

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