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5/6: Open Game Thread

On the one hand, you never want to go into Fenway riding a five-game losing streak, but on the other, one good win could really turn it all around.

First Pitch: 7:05pm EDT



Ichiro RF                   Bellhorn 2B
Winn LF                     Nixon RF
Beltre 3B                   Ramirez LF
Ibanez 1B                   Ortiz DH
Boone 2B                    Millar 1B
Reed CF                     Varitek C
Dobbs DH                    Payton CF
Olivo C                     Mueller 3B
Valdez SS                   Vazquez SS

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Moyer (4-0, 3.53)           Clement (3-0, 4.00)

Going up against one of baseball's best offenses in a hitter's paradise isn't the ideal scenario for Jamie Moyer to keep his numbers down, so the pressure'll be on the lineup to get on base and make something happen against Clement. He's had his bouts with wildness in the early going, but he's been murder on righties for the past few years (.215/.281/.342), so it'll be important for Ichiro, Ibanez, Winn, and Reed to create run-scoring opportunities. The good news: David Ortiz is slumping, Manny Ramirez is nursing a sore ankle, Kevin Millar has yet to go deep, and Keith Foulke has had a home run problem. There's hope.