Good morning. Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (48-47)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-7, 4.80)
BLUE JAYS (47-47)
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-7, 4.29)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Alvarez: Gonzalez 3-10, Sweeney 4-10, Pedroia 3-9, Saltalamacchia 0-9, Ellsbury 1-6, Nava 2-6, Aviles 1-5, Middlebrooks 0-5, Punto 0-4, Ross 2-4, Crawford 0-1.
Blue Jays vs. Lester: Escobar 6-22, Lind 3-24, Arencibia 4-20, Encarnacion 3-20, Davis 3-19, Mathis 3-11, Johnson 0-8, Lawrie 1-9, Snider 0-8, Vizquel 2-5, Rasmus 1-3.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 72-79 since last Aug. 1.
Notes: It's a fight to stay out of last place in the division as the Red Sox try to avoid a sweep with Lester on the mound. He has allowed 10 earned runs over just 8.1 innings in his last two starts. The Sox are 7-12 in the games he had started. Lester has faced the Jays twice this season, going 1-1. He gave up seven earned runs over 15 innings. He is 11-5, 3.20 in 20 career starts against the Jays, 5-1, 2.98 in eight starts against them at Fenway. Lester is eight strikeouts shy of 1,000. He would become the eighth player to strike out 1,000 as a member of the Red Sox. ... Alvarez will be facing the Red Sox for the fourth time this season. He is 1-1 and has allowed eight earned runs over 17.1 innings ... The Sox are 3-3 on their homestand with one game left. They start a crucial six-game trip to Texas and New York on Monday ... Salty's 18 homers are the most for a Red Sox catcher since Jason Varitek had 22 in 2005. The season record for a Sox catcher is 26 by Hall of Famer Pudge Fisk in 1973 and '77. ... Ross is 10 of his last 25 with six extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. He has hit safely in six of the last seven games.
Song of the Day: "Angry Young Man" by Billy Joel.