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Game 49 preview: Red Sox at Rays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (20-28)RAYS (22-28)
Holt 3BDeJesus LF
Bogaerts SSLongoria 3B
Pedroia 2BJoyce DH
Ortiz DHMyers RF
Carp 1BLoney 1B
Nava RFGuyer CF
Pierzynski CForsythe 2B
Sizemore LFEscobar SS
Bradley Jr. CFMolina C
Pitching: RHP Brandon Workman (0-0, 1.42).Pitching: RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98).

Game time: 1:40 p.m.

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Red Sox vs. Odorizzi: Pedroia 1-3, Gomes 0-2, Ortiz 1-2.

Rays vs. Workman: Escobar 2-3, Jennings 1-3, Joyce 0-4, Loney 2-3, Longoria 2-4, Myers 0-1, Rodriguez 0-1.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are averaging 3.96 runs, down from 5.26 last season. They are on a pace to score 212 fewer runs. The Sox are hitting .240/.324/.369 as a team. They finished last season at .270/.349/.446.

Yikes: The Sox have lost nine straight and 10 of 11. They are hitting .205 in their last nine games with 21 runs and 16 extra-base hits. They have scored in one of the last 31 innings they have played. No defending World Series champion has lost 10 games in a row since the 1998 Marlins had two 11-game losing streaks.

Other notes: Workman returns from Triple A Pawtucket, where he made seven starts. This will be his fourth major league start, the second against the Rays. He faced the Rays on July 22 and allowed two runs over six innings. Counting the Division Series, Workman faced the Rays three times last season and allowed four earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. … Odorizzi has faced the Red Sox once in his career, last June 18. He allowed one run over 5.1 innings. … The Sox are 1-4 against the Rays after going 12-7 last season. … David Ortiz is 4 of his last 30. He has not driven in a run since May 14, the last day the Sox won a game. … The Sox are 10-21 against righthanded starters. … The Sox are on a pace to allow 81 unearned runs. They gave up 43 last season.

Song of the Day: “Wreck on the Highway” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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