Good afternoon from Fenway Park. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (36-33)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53)
Pitching: RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Jurrjens: Ross 3-13, Gonzalez 3-11, Pedroia 3-8, Youkilis 1-6, Ortiz 3-6, Punto 1-3.
Braves vs. Lester: Diaz 2-6, Uggla 2-5, Bourn 2-3, Hinske 0-3, Jones 1-2, Wilson 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 24-27 against the Braves, 9-15 at Fenway Park.
Notes: The Red Sox have won five straight and seven of eight. They have yet to be four games over .500 this season. ... Lester is facing the Braves for the first time since June 16, 2006, the second start of his career. He allowed one run in six innings in a game the Sox won, 4-1. ... The Sox are 6-8 in games Lester has started. ... Jurrjens is back in the majors for the first time since April. He was optioned to Triple A after posting a 9.37 ERA in four starts. He was 3-4, 5.18 in 10 starts in the minors. ... Jurrjens is 0-1, 3.14 in two starts against the Sox in his career. ... Chipper Jones, who is retiring after this season, will be making his final regular-season stop at Fenway. He has played 22 games on Yawkey Way, hitting .259. ... The Red Sox are +40 in run differential. That is fifth in the majors. ... Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup for two straight games for the first time since he came off the disabled list.
Song of the Day: "Changing" by The Airborne Toxic Event.