Good morning. Here's a preview of this afternoon's game:
RED SOX (37-34)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (0-1, 20.25)
Pitching: LHP Mike Minor (3-5, 6.04)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, TBS / WEEI
Braves vs. Cook: Jones 9-26, McCann 6-20, Uggla 3-11, Wilson 2-13, Bourn 2-13, Ross 1-6, Diaz 2-5, Prado 2-5, Freeman 1-3, Hinske 2-3.
Red Sox vs. Minor: Ross 2-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 10-7 in interleague games with one left to play.
Notes: Hmm. Youkilis is playing after three games off. Are they risking injury or is this a showcase? ... The Sox have won six of seven and eight of 10. ... Cook returns from the disabled list to start in place of an ill Clay Buchholz. Cook last started May 5 and it didn't go well as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 2.2 innings. He also suffered a deep cut on the left knee while covering the plate and went on the DL the next day. ... Cook is 1-2, 5.18 in 12 career appearances against the Braves, 10 of them starts. ... Minor is facing the Sox for the first time. The lefty out of North Carolina is 1-3, 5.35 in his last six starts. ... Middlebrooks has homers in three of his last four games and has at least one RBI in six of his last seven. He is 10 of his last 14 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. AL Player of the Week?
Song of the Day: "Bye Bye Baby (Baby Good-Bye)" by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.