Good afternoon from Marlins Park. Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (29-31)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-6, 4.04)
G. Sanchez 1B
Pitching: RHP Josh Johnson (3-4, 4.56)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI
Marlins vs. Beckett: Reyes 1-14, Buck 3-14, Kearns 0-5, Ruggiano 0-3, Dobbs 0-3, Infante 0-3.
Red Sox vs. Johnson: Gonzalez 4-11, Punto 4-5, Ortiz 1-3, Youkilis 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Beckett will be facing the Marlins for the first time in his career. He was 41-34, 3.46 in 106 games for the Florida Marlins from 2001-05. Once he faces the Marlins, the Red Sox will be the only team in the majors Beckett hasn't opposed.
Notes: The Marlins have lost six straight and the Red Sox six of their last seven. The Sox are six games out in the AL East and the Marlins five games out in the NL East. If this was a college football game, it would be the Disappointing Bowl. ... Beckett has a 2.21 ERA in his last five starts but only two wins to show for it. ... Johnson faced the Sox once, that coming on July 2, 2006. He allowed three runs in seven innings. ... The Sox are 15-12 on the road. ... The Sox are 5-8 in one-run games. ... Sox starters are 23-23, 4.94.
Song of the Day: "I'm in Miami" by LMFAO.