Good morning. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (29-30)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.64),
Pitching: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.82)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Nationals vs. Lester: Nady 0-8, Zimmerman 1-6, LaRoche 0-5, Ankiel 0-3.
Red Sox vs. Zimmermann: Ortiz 0-2, Pedroia 0-3, Punto 1-3, Youkilis 0-1.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 1-4 on their homestand with one game left and are 14-18 at Fenway Park this season.
Notes: The Sox have dropped five of their last six games and are now five games out of first. ... The Sox leave after the game for Miami and the start of a six-game road trip. ... Lester is 2-0, 3.00 in two career starts against the Nationals. He last faced them in 2009. ... Lester has lasted only 22.2 innings in his last four starts and has allowed 17 earned runs. The Sox are 5-7 in the games he has started. ... Zimmermann faced the Sox once, in 2009, and allowed one run over seven innings. ... Saltalamacchia is 10 of 25 with seven RBIs in his last seven games at Fenway. He has 10 RBIs in his last 12 games overall. ... Aviles leads the Red Sox with seven steals. Nobody else has more than three. ... Pedroia is 2 of his last 20.
Song of the Day: "Summer Days" by Bob Dylan.