Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (28-26)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.79)
Pitching: RHP Jason Hammel (6-2, 3.06)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WRKO
Orioles vs. Lester: Jones 8-37, Wieters 9-28, Davis 0-13, Andino 5-13, Reynolds 2-8, Hardy 4-8, Betemit 1-5, Johnson 0-5, Paulino 2-4.
Red Sox vs. Hammel: Gonzalez 6-26, Byrd 4-12, Ortiz 6-12, Podsednik 3-12, Pedroia 4-7, Sweeney 2-8, Youkilis 1-6, Aviles 0-5, Punto 0-6, Shoppach 1-4, Salty 1-4, Nava 0-3.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox lead the AL with a 24-16 record since Aoril 23.
Notes: The Sox, off on Monday, trail the Rays by three games in the division. They have won five of seven. ... The Orioles have dropped seven of eight. ... Lester is 14-0, 2.47 in 19 career starts against Baltimore. It's the longest win streak ever against the Orioles franchise (since 1901) to begin a career. It also marks the longest current win streak by an active pitcher against any team. The last Sox pitcher to win 14 consecutive decisions against any team was Tom Brewer with 14 against the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics from 1954-57. Lester had a no-decision against the O's on May 4, allowing three runs in six innings. ... Hammel is 1-2, 5.34 in 10 career appearances against the Sox. He beat the Sox on May 5, allowing two runs over 6.2 innings. ... Pedroia is back after missing six games with a muscle tear in his right thumb. ... Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Song of the Day: "Shadows In The Rain" by The Police.