Game 139: Tigers at Red Sox

Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (82-56)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Nava LF
Napoli 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS,
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (8-11, 3.19).

TIGERS (80-57)
Jackson CF
Hunter RF
Fielder 1B
Martinez DH
Dirks LF
Infante 2B
Kelly 3B
Avila C
Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Doug Fister (10-7, 3.81).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Fister: Ortiz 5-17, Napoli 2-13, Nava 3-10, Pedroia 3-10, Ellsbury 3-6, Salty 5-8, Drew 1-6, Gomes 1-3, Middlebrooks 1-2, Victorino 3-3, Carp 0-2.

Tigers vs. Lackey: Hunter 12-52, Martinez 10-26, Cabrera 4-12, Infante 3-12, Santiago 2-9, Avila 0-4, Fielder 3-6, Pena 3-6, Jackson 1-4, Dirks 1-2, Kelly 2-3, Tuiasosopo 0-3.


Stat of the Day: Jose Iglesias has hit .292 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs in 28 games since the Red Sox traded him to the Tigers on July 30 in the three-team deal that returned Jake Peavy. This will be his first time back at Fenway Park since the deal.

Notes: The Sox have won three straight, seven of eight and 10 of 14. They lead the Rays by 5.5 games in the division and the Tigers by 1.5 games in the race for best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. … The Sox are 25-15 against Detroit the last six seasons but dropped three of four in Detroit June 20-23. … The Sox are 25-12 in days games. … Lackey is 6-2, 3.87 in 11 career starts against the Tigers. He went seven innings against them on June 20, giving up two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. In his last three starts this season, Lackey has allowed six earned runs over 22 innings. … Fister is 1-4, 5.20 in seven career starts against the Sox. In his last three starts, including one this season, he has allowed 12 earned runs on 25 hits over 12 innings. He lasted only 3.1 innings against the Sox on June 21, giving up six runs on 11 hits. … Nava has reached base safely in 36 consecutive starts. … Ortiz is 5 of his last 8 with six RBIs. He has 1,998 career hits and would be the 17th active player with 2,000 unless Cleveland’s Jason Giambi (who has 1,999) beats him to it. … The next game John McDonald plays will be the 1,000th of his career. … Ellsbury is 11 of 26 on the homestand with eight runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases. … Victorino is 12 of his last 27 with 11 RBIs, 11 runs scored and six extra-base hits. … Napoli is 8 of his last 23 with seven RBIs and four extra-base hits. … The Sox are 20 for 20 in stolen bases since Aug. 9. They are 105 of 125 (.848) on the season. … Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has missed the last two games with an abdominal strain.


Song of the Day: “Blues On A Holiday” by Susan Tedeschi.

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