Game 27 preview: Rays at Red Sox

Here are the lineups.

RED SOX (12-14)RAYS (11-15)
Pedroia 2BZobrist 2B
Victorino RFJennings CF
Ortiz DHJoyce LF
Napoli 1BLongoria 3B
Gomes LFLoney 1B
Bogaerts SSMyers RF
Pierzynski CDeJesus DH
Middlebrooks 3BEscobar SS
Bradley Jr. CFHanigan C
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (3-2, 4.22) Pitching: LHP Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.



Red Sox vs. Bedard: Ortiz, 5-36, Gomes 4-25, Napoli 7-17, Pierzynski 9-21, Pedroia 3-16, Sizemore 0-13, Victorino 1-7, Ross 2-4, Middlebrooks 0-1, Peavy 0-1

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Rays vs. Lackey: Longoria 11-33, Zobrist 11-29, DeJesus 6-25, Escobar 10-18, Joyce 6-18, Loney 6-19, Molina 2-15, Jennings 3-14, Rodriguez 2-5, Forsythe 0-4, Myers 0-3.

Stat of the Day: When leading after seven innings, the Red Sox are 8-0 thanks to a bullpen that’s put up a 3.07 ERA, third best in the American League.

Other notes: John Lackey is 12-7 against the Rays with a 4.39 ERA. He has thrown a pair of complete-game shutouts against them (they are the only AL East team he has shut out), and he has racked up 105 strikeouts against just 39 walks . . . Mike Napoli is riding a career-high 21-game on-base streak, hitting .313 with 10 walks over that stretch . . . Xander Bogaerts’s 10-game hit streak is the longest of his short career and also the longest by a Red Sox player this season. He has hit .324 in those games with four doubles, a home run, five RBIS, and five walks . . . Injuries have done a number on the Rays’ pitching staff, with Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jeremy Hellickson all on the disabled list . . . Erik Bedard, who played for the Red Sox in 2011, hasn’t thrown more than 90 pitches in any of his three outings this season.


Song of the Day: “Git Up, Git Out” by Outkast.

Follow Julian Benbow on Twitter at @julianbenbow.
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