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Game 59: Red Sox at Indians

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 7, 2010 03:00 PM

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RED SOX (33-25)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Drew RF
Beltre 3B
Hall LF
Reddick CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (4-2, 5.49).

INDIANS (21-34)
Crowe CF
Choo RF
Kearns LF
Branyan 1B
Peralta 3B
Harner DH
Valbuena 2B
Redmond C
Donald SS

Pitching: RHP Fausto Carmona (4-4, 3.53).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Red Sox start the day 4.5 games out of first and 2.5 games behind the Yankees for the wild card. They have won six of their last eight.

He's never going to turn it around: David Ortiz is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and hasn't driven in a run over the last four games.

Power surge: The Sox have homered in 10 of the last 11 games including seven straight.

They're offensive: The Sox are tied with the Yankees for the most runs scored in baseball with 314. They're first in OPS (.851) and second in OBP (.351), slugging (.464), home runs (79) and doubles (136).

Hot hitters: Pedroia has hit in six straight. ... Scutaro has hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games. ... Youkilis is 12 of 26 over six games with nine RBI and six extra-base hits. ... Martinez is 25 of his last 54 with 14 extra-base hits, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored. That has raised his batting average from .226 to .294. ... McDonald is 6 of his last 15.

Good shot: Marco Scutaro is 21 of 70 (.300) with seven extra-base hits and nine RBI over 16 games since he had a cortisone shot in his non-throwing elbow.

Hanging in there: Mike Cameron is 7 of 20 since he came off the disabled list.

Dice-K time: Matsuzaka is 2-1, 3.86 in three career starts against Cleveland.

On the iPod right now: Glory Days by Phish with special guest Bruce Springsteen at Bonnaroo last June 14.

Back with much more later including a live blog of the game and draft coverage.

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