Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (41-36)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.14)
Pitching: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-2, 4.18)
Game time: 10:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Mariners vs. Beckett: Figgins 12-37, Ichiro 9-33, Ackley 4-9, Jaso 0-9, Smoak 0-8, Wells 1-2, Saunders 2-5, Olivo 0-3, Ryan 1-4, Montero 0-2, Seager 0-2.
Red Sox vs. Ramirez: No history.
Stat of the Day: Beckett allowed nine home runs in his first 34.2 innings pitched this season. He has allowed none in his last 43.2 innings.
Milestone watch: David Ortiz is one home run shy of 400 in his career. Ichiro is one home run away from 100 in his career.
Notes: The Sox have won three of four, five of seven, 10 of 13 and 12 of 16. ... In four games this season, Red Sox pitching has held the Mariners to two earned runs on 19 hits over 35.1 innings while striking out 25 with five walks. Seattle hitters are 19 of 124 (.152) against the Sox this season with two extra-base hits, both doubles. ... Beckett comes off the DL for the start. He last pitched on June 11 and is 0-3 in his last four starts despite a 3.72 ERA. ... Beckett is 7-2, 3.03 against Seattle in his career. That includes seven shutout innings at Fenway on May 15. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out nine that day. ... Gonzalez has hit in 10 straight at 14 of 41 with seven RBIs. ... Ross has nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in 11 games since coming off the DL. ... Ramirez is a 22-year old making his fourth career start. He was a 1-0 loser against the Padres in his last start. Ramirez went eight innings and allowed one run on three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Song of the Day: "I'll Slow You Down" by Warren Zevon.