Red Sox vs. Rays: Lineups and notes


Red Sox vs. Rays: Lineups and notes

BOSTON -- Today's Red Sox-Rays lineups and pregame notes, courtesy of the Red Sox'P.R. department:


Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Carl Crawford LF
Jason Varitek C
Mike Aviles 3B

Josh Beckett P

Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce RF
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

James Shields P

Since July 1, Jacoby Ellsbury leads the majors with 43 extra-base hits and 178 total bases . . . Since the start of July, he is tied for the A.L. lead with 18 homers and 5 triples.

Tonights starter, Josh Beckett, has pitched 17.0 scoreless innings against the Rays this season over two starts in which he allowed just an infield single in each, both at Tampa Bay (9.0 IP on June 15; 8.0 IP on July 17) . . . According to Elias, he became just the second pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) with consecutive starts against an opponent of at least 8.0 IP and no more than one combined hit and walk allowed, joining the Dodgers Dazzy Vance, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 against the Phillies in 1925.

Marco Scutaro leads the majors (minimum 50 PA) with a .444 average (20-for-45) in September and ranks second with 16 RBI in the month, trailing only Detroits Victor Martinez (17). He has driven in at least one run in seven of his last nine games . . . Ellsbury is 22-for-60 (.367) since Sept. 1, leading the majors with 11 extra-basse hits (7 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR).

With 29 saves, Jonathan Papelbon is one shy of becoming the first pitcher ever to record 30 or more saves in each of his first six full seasons (2006-11) . . . He has converted his last 24 chances since May 13, the longest stretch of his career and the second-longest save streak in the A.L. this year, but has gone 28 days without a save chance, the longest single-season span of his career as a closer . . . He has a 21-inning scoreless streak over his last 20 games with 25 strikeouts in that stretch, the longest active scoreless streak in the major leagues and the second-longest single-season run of his career (22.0 IP, 54-62606) . . . As a team, the Sox have gone without a save in their last 25 games, the clubs longest since a 25-game stretch from June 15-July 15, 2004 . . . Prior to that, Bostons last longest streak without a save was a 44-gamer, July 1-Aug. 19, 1987.

Carrabis: Red Sox coaches were upset at John Farrell's usage of Craig Kimbrel

Carrabis: Red Sox coaches were upset at John Farrell's usage of Craig Kimbrel

Jared Carrabis says he was told that some Boston Red Sox coaches were not happy with the way John Farrell was over-using Craig Kimbrel, perhaps because he was trying to save his job.

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

BOSTON - Parker Bidwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12.

Bidwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk. Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.