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Game 141: Tigers at Red Sox

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  September 4, 2013 02:55 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (83-57)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Nava LF
Napoli 1B
Drew SS
Ross C
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: Ryan Dempster (7-9, 4.75).

TIGERS (81-58)
Jackson CF
Hunter RF
Fielder 1B
Martinez DH
Dirks LF
Kelly 3B
Infante 2B
Avila C
Iglesias SS
Pitching: Rick Porcello (11-7, 4.44).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Porcello: Napoli 4-12, Pedroia 2-8, Ellsbury 6-7, Ortiz 0-4, Saltalamacchia 0-4, McDonald 1-3, Middlebrooks 1-3, Snyder 2-3, Drew 0-3.

Tigers vs. Dempster: Fielder 11-42, Infante 3-13, Hunter 6-9, Santiago 0-5, Cabrera 1-4, Martinez 2-4, Pena 1-3

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of their past 14 games. They are 9-4 in those games.

Notes: The Red Sox wrap up their season series with the Tigers. The Sox have dropped four of six to the Tigers this season but lead Detroit by 1.5 games for the best record in the American League … The Sox have won eight of their past 10. The Tigers have lost five of their last nine … Dempster is making his second start since being suspended for hitting Alex Rodriguez. He went 6.1 innings and gave up three runs to earn a win over the White Sox Aug. 30. It was his first win since July 27. This will be just his third career appearance and second start against the Tigers, who along with the Yankees are one of the two teams Dempster has never recorded a win against. His only start against them came in 2002 when he was with the Marlins. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on four his with 10 strikeouts … Porcello has won three of his past four starts and has a 3.36 ERA over his last 10 … Daniel Nava has reached base in 38 straight starts going back to June 22 … Although he hit .322 in August with two home runs and seven RBIs and came through with the two-run single that decided the Sox’ win on Tuesday, Will Middlebrooks is hitting .194 (6 of 31) in his past 10 games with no extra-base hits ... Koji Uehara has retired 21 straight batters and has converted 12 straight save opportunities ... Jacoby Ellsbury (bone bruise on left hand) is back in the lineup tonight after sitting out Tuesday … Jarrod Saltalamacchia (lower back soreness) is out again.

Song of the day: "Good Afternoon" by The Cool Kids.

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