Game 42 preview: Tigers at Red Sox

John Lackey starts tonight for the Red Sox.
Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press
John Lackey starts tonight for the Red Sox.

Here are the lineups for the middle game of the Red Sox-Tigers series at Fenway Park.

RED SOX (20-21)

1. Dustin Pedroia 2B

2. Shane Victorino RF


3. David Ortiz DH

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4. Mike Napoli 1B

5. Grady Sizemore CF

6. Mike Carp LF

7. A.J. Pierzynski C


8. Xander Bogaerts SS

9. Brock Holt 3B

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (5-2, 3.57)

TIGERS (25-12)

1. Ian Kinsler 2B

2. Torii Hunter RF


3. Miguel Cabrera 1B

4. Victor Martinez DH

5. Austin Jackson CF

6. Nick Castellanos 3B

7. Alex Avila C

8. Andrew Romine SS

9. Rajai Davis LF

SP: Rick Porcello — 6-1, 3.22 ERA

Pitching: RHP Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.22)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Red Sox vs. Porcello: Pierzynski 5-22, Napoli 5-16, Sizemore 3-15, Pedroia 2-10, Ortiz 2-7, Middlebrooks 1-5, Victorino 1-2, Ross 1-2, Carp 0-0 (1 BB), Gomes 1-1.

Tigers vs. Lackey: Hunter 14-59, Kinsler 15-35, Martinez 12-32, Davis 11-28, Cabrera 4-15, Avila 0-9, Jackson 3-11, Kelly 2-6, Worth 1-3.

Stat of the day: The Red Sox are 0-11 when scoring fewer than three runs.

Notes: The Sox came up on the short end of a rain-delayed pitchers’ duel Friday night, and will try to avoid losing back-to-back series . . . Plenty of reason to expect another battle on the mound. Lackey is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his last four starts. Porcello is riding a five-game winning streak, during which he’s posted a 2.84 ERA with 21 strikeouts. That said, Porcello has struggled against the Sox with a 1-3 record and a 10.42 ERA in five lifetime starts. The last time he was at Fenway, he gave up nine runs on seven hits in five innings in a 20-4 debacle . . . Going back to last season, the Tigers and Sox have played six one-run games, including in the ALCS. The Sox have been been shut out three times and have held the Tigers scoreless once . . . David Ortiz is on a nine-game hitting streak, one shy of the team’s longest streak this season, by Xander Bogaerts . . . Bogaerts’s left wrist was heavily wrapped after he was hit by a 96-mile-per-hour fastball from Tigers reliever Evan Reed in the seventh inning Friday night, but he said he will be ready to play . . . Rajai Davis has swiped more bases off the Sox (29, including one last night in the fifth inning) than against any other team . . . Torii Hunter, who had two hits Friday, including the single that plated the game’s only run, is hitting .313 in May with a double, a homer, and eight RBIs.