Red Sox-Rays lineup; pregame notes

Red Sox-Rays lineup; pregame notes
May 16, 2012, 8:43 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The lineups are in for Wednesday night's Red Sox-Rays game:

RED SOX
Ryan Sweeney CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross RF
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Aviles SS

Clay Buchholz P

RAYS
Ben Zobrist RF
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Carlos Pena 1B
Luke Scott DH
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Will Rhymes 2B
Jose Molina C
Elliot Johnson SS

Jeremy Hellickson P

Some pregame notes from the Red Sox' P.R. department:

-- The Red Sox swept a two-game series against the Mariners with a 5-0 win Tuesday for the clubs fifth straight win . . . Boston has won five straight games for the second time this season . . . The five-game run is the longest active streak in the Majors.

-- Boston has allowed just three runs over its last four games, the longest such streak in the Majors this year and the clubs longest allowing one run or less since a four-game stretch from Sept. 12-15, 2009 . . . The teams last longer such stretch was five straight games from April 26-May 1, 1946, a span that included five complete-game wins (Boo Ferriss, Tex Hughson, Mickey Harris, Joe Dobson and Ferriss again). . . . The Red Sox are looking for a sixth straight quality start today for the first time since an eight-game stretch from May 22-29, 2011.

-- Since April 23, Sox relievers lead the Majors in ERA (1.37) and innings (78 23) . . . Excluding Darnell McDonalds 1.0 inning on May 6 vs. Baltimore (3 R), the Sox 'pen has a 1.08 ERA (7 ER58.1 IP) in May.