Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (52-51)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.57)
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Verlander: Punto 5-29, Craford 9-29, Ellsbury 3-18, Shoppach 4-18, Aviles 4-16, Gonzalez 2-12, Pedroia 0-13, Salty 1-12, Nava 1-3, Ross 0-3, Kalish 0-2.
Tigers vs. Beckett: Peralta 4-25, Young 7-20, Cabrera 4-18, Boesch 1-12, Avila 4-9, Fielder 4-8, Jackson 2-6, Laird 2-8, Kelly 1-6, Santiago 1-6, Perry 3-4, Infante 0-3, Rabun 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Middlebrooks has 13 home runs, the most for a Red Sox player in his debut season since Ellis Burks had 20 and Sam Horn 14 in 1987. Nomar Garciaparra had 30 in his rookie season in 1997 but came up for the first time in 1996.
Notes: The Sox have won three straight and start the day 8.5 games out of first place in the division and four games back for a wild card. ... The Tigers have dropped four of their last five. They are 1.5 games out in the Central. ... The Sox are 4-4 against the Tigers this season, winning four of the last five. ... Beckett is 1-5, 5.02 in his last eight starts. In two starts against the Tigers this season, he has allowed 11 earned runs on 17 hits over 11.2 innings. Beckett has gone 73.2 innings since allowing a home run. That was way back on May 10 by Jason Kipnis of Cleveland. Beckett is 3-4, 3.86 in eight career starts against the Tigers. ... Verlander is 3-3, 3.22 in eight career starts against the Sox. He owned them on April 5 (8 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs) and was owned by them on May 29 (6 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs). He walked one and struck out seven in each of those games. ... Verlander is 2-2, 3.80 in six starts at Fenway. ... Pedroia has hit three home runs in his last five games. ... The Sox have allowed at least one in the first inning of 18 of their last 22 home games including 13 of the last 15. ... Gonzalez is 49 of his last 126 (.389) over 31 games. He is up to .298/.338/.444 on the season.
Song of the Day: "Never Can Say Goodbye" by The Jackson 5.