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Searching for a Fenway win



The Rays will look to LHP Scott Kazmir to give them their first win at Fenway this season in their sixth game here. Kazmir is 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA since the break, the best ERA in the AL and the second-lowest among major-league starters (Arizona's Brandon Webb owns a 1.01 ERA). Tonight's lineup looks much of the same, with Josh Wilson at SS and Josh Paul catching Kazmir.

The day after Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield threw eight shutout innings against the Rays and yielded just two hits, the talk was still on Wakefield. Rays manager Joe Maddon pointed out that Wakefield threw an amazing 25 of 27 first-pitch strikes. Rays batters, knowing Wakefield's tendencies better than most, tried to be patient and wait for the one inning when he might get wild. "Usually, he might mix in like four or five wild pitches in there," Rays DH Jonny Gomes said. "I don't know if there's a way to pinpoint a knuckleball, but he did it."

Tonight's full lineup:
Iwamura, 3B
Crawford, LF
Upton, CF
Pena, 1B
Young, RF
Harris, 2B
Gomes, DH
Wilson, SS
Paul, C

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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