Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 8/5/13
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Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trip to Houston, Kansas City and Toronto. They begin with a three-game set against the Astros (36-74), the worst team in Major League Baseball. Boston (68-45) swept Seattle and took two of three against Arizona over the weekend. Now, they try to up their American League best road record – 29-24 – and gain a half game on the Tampa Bay Rays in the East, as they are off today. John Lackey gets the nod in the series opener at Houston. Lackey is 7-8 with a 3.23 ERA and has not won since before the All-Star Game, going 0-2 in three starts. Here is the Red Sox lineup tonight for the first game at Minute Maid Park (first pitch – 8:05 pm EDT): 1. Ellsbury, CF 2. Victorino, RF 3. Pedroia, 2B 4. Ortiz, DH 5. Napoli, 1B 6. Gomes, LF 7. Saltalamacchia, C 8. Drew, SS 9. Snyder, 3B Lackey, P Astros rookie Brett Oberholtzer makes just his fifth appearance of the season...
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