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Game 8 preview: Rangers at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (3-4)RANGERS (3-4)
Gomes LFChoo LF
Pedroia 2B Andrus SS
Ortiz DHFielder 1B
Napoli 1BBeltre DH
Sizemore CFRios RF
Bogaerts SSMurphy 2B
Pierzynski CChoice CF
Roberts 3BChirinos C
Bradley Jr. RFWilson 3B
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 5.26)Pitching: LHP Martin Perez (0-0, 3.18)

Game time: 6:10 p.m.

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Red Sox vs. Perez: Gomes 2-6, Pedroia 0-3.

Rangers vs. Doubront: Arencibia 2-12, Andrus 3-9, Rios 1-9, Fielder 0-7, Beltre 4-6, Choo 0-4, Moreland 3-4.

Stat of the Day: Counting the postseason, Koji Uehara has gone 39 consecutive appearances and 41.2 innings without issuing a walk. His last walk came on Aug. 3.

Reversal of fortune: Jackie Bradley Jr. was 26 of 62 (.419) in spring training in 2013. Then he was 4 of 36 (.111) in his first 15 games of the regular season. Bradley was 9 of 57 (.159) in spring training this season and is 6 of 16 (.375) in his first five games with an at-bat in the regular season. The lesson as always: spring training statistics are meaningless.

Notes: Note the unusual start time. It’s the only 6:10 p.m. start of the season. … Doubront is 0-3 with an 11.40 ERA in six career appearances against the Rangers, three of them starts. He was hit hard last May 3 at Rangers Ballpark, giving up six runs on 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings. … Perez has faced the Red Sox once in his career, on July 24, 2012 at Texas. He allowed one run over six innings. Pedroia is the only player on the current active roster he faced that day. … Red Sox relievers have a 2.14 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. … Napoli is 6 of his last 14. … Bogaerts has hit safely in six of seven games this season and has reached base in 13 of 29 plate appearances. But he does not have an RBI. … Andrus (9 of 28) and Rios (10 of 26) have hit safely in all seven games for Texas this season.

Song of the Day: “All The Young Dudes” by David Bowie.

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