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Game 162: Red Sox at Orioles

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 29, 2013 09:50 AM

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Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (97-64)
Ellsbury CF
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Carp LF
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald 2B
Berry RF
Pitching: RHP Allen Webster (1-2, 9.55).

ORIOLES (84-77)
Roberts DH
Markakis RF
Hardy SD
Davis 1B
Pearce LF
McLouth CF
Valencia 3B
Clevenger C
Schoop 2B
Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (16-7, 3.62).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Tillman: Pedroia 8-27, Nava 4-17, Salty 2-19, Ellsbury 4-18, Ortiz 0-13, Napoli 7-11, Victorino 4-11, Drew 3-9, Middlebrooks 0-11, Carp 1-8, Bradley 2-5, Gomes 0-3, Lavarnway 0-3, McDonald 0-2, Ross 0-2.

Orioles vs. Webster: No history.

Stat of the Day: The Sox will finish no worse than tied for the best record in baseball. They lead the Cardinals (96-65) by one game. The Sox last had the best record in the game in 2007, when they tied with Cleveland with 96 wins.

Notes: This is basically a scrimmage as the Red Sox have wrapped up everything than can be wrapped up before the Division Series starts on Friday. ... Webster was a late replacement for John Lackey once the game lost meaning. ... Tillman is 3-1, 1.95 in five starts against the Red Sox this season. The Orioles haven't had a 17-game winner since Mike Mussina was 18-7 in 1999. ... The Sox are 8-10 against the Orioles this season and 13-23 since the start of the 2012 season. ... Saltalamacchia takes a 10-game hit streak into the game. He is 15 of 37 with eight extra-base hits in the streak. ... The Sox are trying to win their 35th series of the season. That would be the most since the 1946 team won 37. ... Nava is 8 of his last 14. ... Drew is 16 of his last 48 (.333) with eight extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 13 games. ... The Sox have won five of eight and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Song of the Day: "Into The Next Sun" by The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

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