Here are the lineups.
|RED SOX (12-14)||RAYS (11-15)|
|Pedroia 2B||Zobrist 2B|
|Victorino RF||Jennings CF|
|Ortiz DH||Joyce LF|
|Napoli 1B||Longoria 3B|
|Gomes LF||Loney 1B|
|Bogaerts SS||Myers RF|
|Pierzynski C||DeJesus DH|
|Middlebrooks 3B||Escobar SS|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Hanigan 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
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.