Afternoon, everyone. Here's a preview of tonight's game, the first of a four-game series against the White Sox:
RED SOX (45-44)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-2, 4.37)
WHITE SOX (49-39)
Pitching: RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 6.16)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Axelrod: Aviles 0-2, Punto 0-1, Ross 0-1, Shoppach 0-1, Gonzalez 0-0 (1 BB).
White Sox vs. Cook: Hudson 17-41, Dunn 4-18, Pierzynski 1-12, Rio 3-8, Ramirez 2-5, Youkilis 1-4, Beckham 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Since being traded to Chicago on June 24, Kevin Youkilis became the first White Sox player since 1974 to record five game-winning RBIs in his first 14 games with the club.
Notes: Cook last pitched on July 4 at Oakland, picking up the loss after scattering nine hits and three runs over six innings. In three starts since getting recalled from Triple A Pawtucket in late June, Cook is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .224 against in in that stretch. Cook has only faced the White Sox twice in his career. He is 1-0 with four earned runs and 15 hits allowed in 12 innings ... Axelrod gets the start after Gavid Floyd was scratched with tendinitis in his right forearm. He has only made eight appearances, and five starts, this season. He is 1-2 with a 6.16 ERA in 30.2 innings, and has allowed seven homers in that span. He last faced Boston on April 27 in relief, allowing one run on three hits in 2.1 innings. The White Sox lost that game, 10-3 ... Carl Crawford will make his first major league appearance since Sept. 28, 2011. In 11 minor league games rehabbing his strained elbow ligament and then a groin injury, Crawford hit .306 (11 for 36) with eight walks and two stolen bases ... Youkilis is hitting .295 with 15 RBIs in 16 games since being dealt. For contrast, he had 14 RBIs in 42 games with the Red Sox this season.
Song of the Day: "Welcome Back" by Mase.