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Game 127: Mariners at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 24, 2010 03:00 PM

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It's another rainy day. But they played last night, so here are the lineups:

RED SOX (72-54)

Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Nava LF
Hall 2B
Kalish CF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (3-3, 6.67)

MARINERS (49-76)

Suzuki RF
Figgins 2B
Branyan DH
Lopez 3B
Kotchman 1B
Gutierrez CF
Bard C
Langerhans LF
Wilson SS

Pitching: RHP David Pauley (2-4, 3.70)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

State of the Sox: They have won three in a row. The Sox have not won four straight since June 15-20 when they won six straight. They start the day 5.5 games behind the Yankees and the Rays, who are tied for first in the division and the wild card.

No Joshing: Not to get too dramatic, but this is a pretty important game in the career of Josh Beckett. The righthander's line in his last three starts:

16 IP
28 H
19 R
19 ER
5 BB
16K
5 HR

Opponents have hit .373/.420/.680 in those three games. You could put a ball on a tee and have less success.

With the Sox facing Felix Hernandez tomorrow, they need a win tonight. Becket is 4-1, 2.92 in six career starts against Seattle and pitched well against them on July 23, allowing one run over 5.1 innings in his first start after coming off the disabled list. Tonight will reveal a lot about Beckett.

He likes 'em loaded: Marco Scutaro is 6 of 11 with 16 RBIs in 13 plate appearances with the bases loaded this season.

Picking up speed: Victor Martinez has 11 RBIs in his last 12 games.

Hall monitor: Bill Hall has four homers and eight RBIs in his last nine games.

Rookie blues: Ryan Kalish has one hit in his last 17 at-bats and two in his last 24.

That's it for now. Check back for more updates later on.

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