Good afternoom. Here's a preview of tonight's game:
RED SOX (38-34)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31)
BLUE JAYS (37-35)
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Blue Jays vs. Doubront: Bautista 2-9, Johnson 3-7, Encarnacion 2-6, Escobar 1-5, Lawrie 2-6, Davis 0-5, Lind 0-4, Rasmus 1-5, Arencibia 0-2, Mathis 2-3.
Red Sox vs. Alvarez: Gonzalez 2-8, Ortiz 3-7, Pedroia 1-6, Aviles 1-5, Saltalamacchia 0-5, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 2-3, Punto 0-2, Ross 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox haven't been four games above .500 all season. The Red Sox are 5 1/2 games out of first place.
Notes: The Sox have won seven of eight and nine of 11. ... Doubront faced the Blue Jays earlier in June, allowing two earned runs and seven hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings to earn a victory. ... Doubront is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA against the Blue Jays in seven appearances, five of which came out of the bullpen. ... Alvarez lost to the Red Sox earlier this month, allowing four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. In his previous two starts against the Sox combined, he has allowed one earned run in 12 innings. ... Middlebrooks has scored a run in each of his last six games and has one RBI in seven of his last eight. ... Nava is on a seven-game hitting streak and has six RBIs in that stretch.