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Game 71: Dodgers at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 20, 2010 03:40 PM

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It's the final game of the homestand. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (42-28)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Beltre 3B
Nava LF
Cameron CF
McDonald RF

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-4, 2.67)

DODGERS (38-30)
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez DH
Loney 1B
Anderson LF
Blake 3B
Martin C
DeWitt 2B
Carroll SS

Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 3.10).

Game time: 8 p.m.


State of the Sox: They have won five straight and are 7-1 on the homestand that ends today. The Sox have outscored the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers 60-29 on the homestand.

Overall, the Sox are 38-19 since April 20, the best record in baseball. They are 8-0-3 in their last 11 series, going 23-9 over that stretch.

See you in August: After today the Sox will play 22 of their next 31 games on the road. They have only nine games at home over the next 39 days.

Plenty of pop: The Sox are on a pace to score 898 runs. That's 26 more than last season and with a makeshift outfield on most nights. Meanwhile, Jason Bay has hit four homers for the Mets, one fewer than Bill Hall.

NL = No Losses: The Sox are 9-2 in interleague games this season, outscoring the junior varsity 74-37. They have won 15 of 19 going back to last season and are 136-104 overall in interleague play.

Dodgers, Clay. Clay, Dodgers: This will be the first time Clay Buchholz has faced the Dodgers. The only Dodger with any plate appearances against him is Garret Anderson, who is 5 of 9.

Hiroki, Red Sox. Red Sox, Hiroki: Kuroda has never faced the Red Sox. The only three Sox with any experience against him are Beltre (1 for 3), Cameron (2 for 3) and Hall (1 for 1).

Laser Show in the NL: Dustin Pedroia is 89 of 252 (.353) in interleague games.

Hot hitters: Pedroia has hit in nine straight at 17 of 36 with eight RBIs. His batting average has improved from .248 to .277. He is 25 of 74 (.338) in June. ... Martinez is 23 of his last 57 with 13 RBI over 15 games. In his last 23 games, he is hitting .410 (34 of 83) with 18 RBI. ... Youkilis is 22 of his last 62 with four homers and 17 RBI. ... Beltre has hit in nine straight at 14 of 36. At .337, he is fourth in the AL.

Nava hot as lava: Man, that is lame. But the rookie is 9 of 25 since he got called up with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored in seven games. The Sox are 6-1 since he arrived.

Have you seen this man? Mike Lowell has 12 at-bats this month and hasn't played since June 13.

Clean it up: The Sox have committed five errors in the last two games.

Power display: The Sox have homered in nine straight games. They have 93 on the season.

Pitching in: Manny Delcarmen has not allowed a run in his last five appearances while striking out six in five innings. ... Scott Atchison's last three appearances: 8.1 innings, two runs, one walk, eight strikeouts.

On the iPod right now: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Back with much more later on.

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