David Ortiz, Marco Scutaro Look for Continued Success Against Gavin Floyd in Series Opener in Chicago

Tim Wakefield takes the mound in Chicago Friday night with his first chance at earning win No. 200 of his career. Wakefield picked up win No. 199 in his last start against Seattle.

Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.11 ERA) gets the nod for the White Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury will get things going for Boston as he'll bat in his customary leadoff spot and play center. Ellsbury has 19 hits in his last ten games and has scored 13 runs.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks to continue his solid month of July by extending his hitting streak to 26 games. Pedroia has reached base in 37 consecutive games and has raised his batting average to .308 in the process.

Carl Crawford returns to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's game and missing the start of Thursday's game with an elbow injury. He and Josh Reddick both get the start in outfield and will hit sixth and seventh, respectively.

Two members of the Red Sox lineup — David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro — have had pretty good success against Floyd in their career. Ortiz enters with a .350 (7-for-20) lifetime average with three home runs against the righty, while Scutaro is a .583 (7-for-12) hitter against Floyd, who still owns a 5-0 career record against Boston.

Jarrod Saltalamachia will catch Wakefield and hit eigth.

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
Carl Crawford, LF
Josh Reddick, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Marco Scutaro, SS

White Sox
Juan Pierre, RF
Omar Vizquel, 3B
Paul Konerko, 1B
Adam Dunn, DH
Carlos Quentin, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Alejandro De Aza, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B

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