Game 146: Red Sox at Rays

Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (87-58)
Pedroia 2B
Victorino CF
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Nava RF
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71).

RAYS (78-64)
DeJesus RF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Joyce LF
Loney 1B
Scott DH
Jennings CF
Molina C
Escobar SS
Pitching: LHP David Price (8-7, 3.51).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Price: Pedroia 12-42, Ortiz 8-34, Ellsbury 7-34, Napoli 8-27, Nava 1-18, Victorino 4-17, Gomes 3-17, McDonald 3-14, Salty 1-12, Middlebrooks 5-10, Lavarnway 2-9, Drew 0-7, Snyder 2-6, Ross 2-5, Berry 0-2.

Rays vs. Buchholz: Zobrist 4-34, Scott 7-32, Longoria 7-32, Joyce 6-21, Molina 7-20, Escobar 3-15, Jennings 3-15, Johnson 1-10, DeJesus 3-9, Rodriguez 3-10, Young 1-9, Loney 0-4, Fuld 1-4, Gimenez 0-3.


Stat of the Day: Pedroia has played in 1,000 games and has 283 doubles. The only players with more doubles through 1,000 career games were Joe Medwick (324), Hank Greenberg (304), Al Simmons (291), Nomar Garciaparra (289), Chick Hafey (288), and Todd Helton (287). Medwick, Greenberg, Simmons, and Hafey are all in the Hall of Fame.

Notes: Buchholz is back after a 93-day absence with assorted shoulder woes. The Red Sox were 49-33 in his absence and gained six games in the standings. But Buchholz should be a boost to the rotation. The All-Star will be limited to 75-80 pitches initially but has time to build up for the postseason. Buchholz is 6-5, 2.53 in 15 career starts against the Rays, 3-3, 2.48 in eight starts at Tropicana Field … Price is 2-1, 2.55 in four starts against the Red Sox this season, 10-5, 2.98 in 19 career starts. Price was hit hard (14 IP, 17 H, 9 ER) in two starts on Tampa Bay’s recent 3-7 West Coast trip … The Rays have lost 11 of 15 … The Sox have won five of six and eight of 10. They start the day with a three-game lead on Oakland for the best record in the league … The Sox are 10-6 against the Rays this season … Napoli is 18 of 45 (.400) over his last 13 games with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and eight walks … Ortiz is 8 of his last 22 with eight runs, six extra-base hits, and five RBIs.


Update: Pedroia batting leadoff for the first time since Oct. 3, 2009. He has hit first 76 times with pedestrian (.253/.318/.375) stats in his career.

Song of the Day: “Welcome Back” by Mase.

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