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RED SOX (73-46)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)
Pitching: RHP James Shields (11-9, 2.80)
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: The Sox have dropped three of four and are tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Rays are nine games back. ... The Sox are 7-6 in August. ... The teams have split eight games so far this season and have 10 to play. ... Lester has allowed seven runs on 13 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings in his last two starts. He is 9-4, 3.81 in 17 career starts against the Rays. He faced them on April 12 and allowed three runs over seven innings. ... Shields is 6-10, 4.95 in 18 career starts against the Sox. Shields was 8-4, 2.29 in his first 16 starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.93 in his eight starts since.
Stat of the Day: Sox pitchers have a 4.30 ERA in August after posting a 3.70 in July. Sot hitters are at .281/.335/.453 in August after a hot .298/.373/.501 July.
Song of the Day: "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye.