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Game 61: Rangers at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (36-24)
Ellsbury CF
Gomes LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava RF
Ross C
Iglesias SS
Ciriaco 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (6-2, 3.53).

RANGERS (36-22)
Andrus SS
Murphy LF
Berkman 1B
Beltre 3B
Cruz RF
Pierzynski C
Baker DH
Gentry CF
Profar 2B
Pitching: LHP Derek Holland (5-2, 2.81).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Holland: Ellsbury 5-15, Pedroia 2-17, Ortiz 3-11, Napoli 3-9, Gomes 1-7, Ciriaco 3-7, Carp 1-4, Drew 1-3, Saltalamacchia 0-3.

Rangers vs. Lester: Andrus 5-22, Beltre 7-22, Cruz 10-19, Pierzynski 4-16, Murphy 3-11, Baker 6-8, Berkman 1-6, Gentry 1-3, Soto 1-3.


Stat of the Day: Pedroia has played 60 games without an error, the longest such streak by a Red Sox second baseman to start a season.

Notes: The teams with the two best records in the American League split the first two games of the series … Ellsbury returns to the lineup after a five-game absence … Lester has been a little off in his last three starts (19.1 IP, 23 H, 13 ER) and could use a rebound game. He is 3-3, 4.57 in 11 career starts against the Rangers. That includes facing the Rangers in Texas on May 4. He allowed three runs in five innings in that game … Holland bamboozled the Red Sox on May 3 in Texas. His line: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. He is 5-1, 2.41 in six career starts against the Sox … The Sox are 1-4 against Texas this year, and have losses in 10 of their last 13 meetings and 29 of the last 42 … Iglesias has hit safely in nine straight games at 13 of 33 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs … Daniel Nava has hit .364/.375/.591 in five games at leadoff, with six runs … Pedroia has hit in nine straight at 11 of 35. That actually dropped his batting average from .333 to.330.

Song of the Day: “Vacation” by the Go-Go’s.


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