Game 87: Red Sox at Rays

Good afternoon. Here is a preview of the game:

RED SOX (43-43)
Ellsbury CF
Nava LF
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Ciriaco 2B
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (1-2, 3.50)

RAYS (45-41)
Johnson SS
Pena 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Keppinger 2B
Rodriguez 2B
Scott DH
Jennings LF
Lobaton C
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 3.41)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Rays vs. Morales: Pena 0-6, Zobrist 1-5, Rodriguez 0-3, Scott 1-2, Jennings 0-2, Johnson 1-2, Upton 0-2, Lobaton 0-1, Matsui 0-1, Molina 1-1.

Red Sox vs. Hellickson: Ortiz 6-17, Gonzalez 3-17, Salty 4-14, Aviles 2-8, Middlebrooks 1-6, Ross 0-5, Nava 1-5, Sweeney 1-4, Ellsbury 2-11.

Stat of the Day: The Rays are 26-33 since their 19-8 start. The Red Sox are 39-33 since their 4-10 start.


Notes: Ellsbury is back for the first time since partially dislocating his right (non-throwing) shoulder on April 13 against the Rays. … Middlebrooks is playing for the first time since straining his left hamstring on July 1. … The Sox have lost six of their last seven games and eight of the last 11. … The Sox are 5-4 against the Rays this season. … Morales is coming off his worst start, having allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings against the Yankees. … Hellickson is facing the Sox for the fourth time already this season. He has allowed nine runs on 19 hits over 18.1 innings. Hellickson is 3-1, 4.26 in eight career appearances against the Sox. … Gonzalez is 29 of his last 78 (.372) with six extra-base hits and nine RBIs. His batting average has climbed from .257 to .283. … Salty is 3 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts. He is down to .225. … The Sox are 21-19 on the road.

Song of the Day: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem.

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