Game 136 preview: Red Sox at Rays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (59-76)RAYS (66-70)
Holt 2BKiermaier CF
Betts CFGuyer LF
Ortiz DHJoyce RF
Cespedes LFLongoria 3B
Napoli 1BLoney DH
Nava RFForsythe 2B
Middlebrooks 3BEscobar SS
Bogaerts SSMolina C
Vazquez CRodriguez 1B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77).Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.06).

Game time: 1:40 p.m.


TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Cobb: Pedroia 5-21, Nava 4-16, Napoli 4-12, Ortiz 2-7, Cespedes 1-13, Middlebrooks 2-11, Johnson 1-3, Ross 0-2.

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Rays vs. Buchholz: Zobrist 4-38, Longoria 8-37, Joyce 6-25, Molina 7-25, Escobar 4-19, Jennings 4-19, Rodriguez 3-10, Loney 4-9, Myers 0-2.

Stat of the Day: David Ortiz has played 208 games against the Rays. Only Derek Jeter, with 255, has played more.

Notes: Buchholz is facing the Rays for the first time since Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field last Oct. 7. He went six innings and allowed three runs in a game the Sox lost, 5-4. Buchholz is 7-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 16 career starts against the Rays, 4-3, 2.26 in nine starts at the Trop. … Cobb is 7-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in his last 11 starts. He has struck out 69 in his last 67.1 innings. Cobb is facing the Red Sox for the first time this season. The Boston native is 2-2, 4.19 in seven career starts against the Sox. … The Sox are 3-2 on their road trip. … Xander Bogaerts is 1 of his last 29 with 10 strikeouts. … The Rays have committed at least one error in seven consecutive games. … The Sox have been shut out 13 times, the most since betting blanked 16 times in 1990. … The Sox have been one-hit three times for the first time since 1992. … Ortiz has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games.


Song of the Day: “From A Whisper To A Scream” by Elvis Costello.

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