Good afternoon from Miami. Here's a preview of tonight's game:
RED SOX (30-32)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (6-3, 4.34)
Pitching: RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-4, 4.36)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Marlins vs. Doubront: No history.
Red Sox vs. Nolasco: Gonzalez 4-15, Sweeney 3-7, Ortiz 0-2, Pedroia 0-2, Youkilis 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 18-13 when Middlebrooks starts.
Notes: The Sox, losers of seven of nine, can win a series with a win tonight. ... Doubront is facing the Marlins for the first time. He is coming off his worst outing of the season (4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) against the Nationals. ... Doubront is second among all major league qualifying left-handers with an average of 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings, behind only the Nationals Gio Gonzalez (11.02) ... Nolasco faced the Sox once, that coming in 2009 when he went the distance in a game stopped after five innings by rain. ... Nolasco is 2-4, 6.23 in his last six starts. Opponents are hitting .296 against him at Marlins Park. ... The Sox are 152-120 in interleague play all time, 3-5 this season. ... Sox are hitting .216 in their last nine games and have scored 27 runs.
Song of the Day: "Miami 2017" by Billy Joel.