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5/13: Open Game Thread

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Last home victory: April 24th.

First Pitch: 7:05pm PDT

BOSTON RED SOX              SEATTLE MARINERS

                    

Damon CF                    Ichiro RF
Nixon RF                    Winn LF
Ramirez LF                  Beltre 3B
Ortiz DH                    Sexson 1B
Millar 1B                   Ibanez DH
Varitek C                   Boone 2B
Renteria SS                 Reed CF
Mueller 3B                  Gonzalez C
Bellhorn 2B                 Valdez SS

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Gonzalez (1-0, 4.22)        Pineiro (2-3, 5.66)

These guys matched up five days ago, and Joel got rocked, allowing six runs through four innings before settling down. The difference is that tonight's game will be in Safeco, rather than Fenway, and Boston's team OPS drops by nearly 100 points on the road. Pineiro's career ERA at home is also about a run and a half lower than where it is elsewhere, so that's two things working in our favor. The problem: Manny and Ortiz are a combined 16-37 against Joel with five homers. I'm guessing that Pineiro will find himself in a jam at some point tonight in which he's facing the middle of the order with runners on in a close contest, and the result of that jam will determine the outcome of the game.

LET'S GO MARINERS!