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The Guru
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One year after completing one of the biggest trades in baseball history, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers stand at the top of their respective divisions.

The old band gets together tonight at Dodger Stadium for the first time since that blockbuster deal.

The Red Sox (75-54) currently hold a one-game edge over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers (75-52) have been dominating, going 28-5 since the All-Star break. They lead the NL West by 9 1/2-game over Arizona.

Here is the lineup for the Red Sox tonight (first pitch – 10:10 EDT):

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Victorino RF
3. Pedroia 2B
4. Ortiz 1B
5. Saltalamacchia C
6. Nava LF
7. Drew SS
8. Middlebrooks 3B
9. Lackey SP

John Lackey (8-10, 3.22) takes the hill for the Sox versus LA's Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.60 ERA).

Lackey ended a five-start winless streak Saturday when he gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-1 victory over the Yankees.

Middlebrooks hot: Will Middlebrooks is hitting .441 with seven RBIs in 11 games since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Salty streaking: Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a nine-game hitting streak and is 13 of 36 over that stretch with six doubles, seven RBI, and 8 runs scored.

Papi is back: David Ortiz returns to the field after leaving Wednesday's game with back issues.

Let us know what you think about today’s game by commenting below.

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The Guru 8/23/2013 08:14:00 PM Edit
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