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Game 4 preview: Brewers at Red Sox

Hello from Fenway Park and the home opener of the 2014 season. Here are the lineups:

BREWERS (1-2)RED SOX (2-1)
Carlos Gomez, CFDaniel Nava, RF
Jean Segura, SSDustin Pedroia, 2B
Ryan Braun, DHDavid Ortiz, DH
Aramis Ramirez, 3BMike Napoli, 1B
Jonathan Lucroy, CMike Carp, LF
Logan Schafer, RFGrady Sizemore, CF
Khris Davis, LFXander Bogaerts, SS
Scooter Gennett, 2BA.J. Pierzynski, C
Lyle Overbay, 1BWill Middlebrooks, 3B
Pitching: RHP Marco Estrada (7-4, 3.87 in 2013)Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17 in 2013)

Game time: 2:05 p.m. Pregame ceremonies start at 1 p.m.

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TV/radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Estrada: Gomes 0-2, Ortiz 1-2, Pedroia 0-1, Pierzynski 0-2.

Brewers vs. Peavy: Ramirez 5-22, Reynolds 3-20, Overbay 1-9, Weeks 3-6, Braun 1-5, Gomez 0-3.

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Stat of the Day: Xander Bogaerts reached base safely in the first three games of the season. The last younger Red Sox player to do that was 19-year-old Bobby Doerr in 1937.

Hot hitters: Bogaerts is 5 for 9 with three walks . . . Pedroia is 7 of 15 with a double. He has a six-game hitting steak dating back to last season . . . Ortiz is 5 of 13 with a home run and three RBIs.

In relief: The Red Sox bullpen in 7 innings this season: 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts.

Key player: Peavy returned to Boston ahead of the team Thursday so he could get a full night of rest. His teammates got in well after midnight, so how Peavy handles the early innings could be the key to the game. This is one case where a team truly needs the starter to set the tone.

Brawny Braun: Ryan Braun is playing on the road for the first time since returning from his 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He is 8 for 25 in six games at Fenway Park with three home runs.

Notes: The Brewers were last at Fenway in 2011. The Sox are 113-109 against Milwaukee . . . The Sox were 14-6 in interleague games last season . . . Peavy is 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee, the last one coming on Sept. 6, 2008. Peavy was 4-1, 4.04 in 10 starts for the Sox last season . . . Estrada faced the Red Sox on June 17, 2011, and took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings.

Song of the Day: “Diamonds” by Rihanna.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.
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