Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (53-51)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-4, 4.50)
Pitching: RHP Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.56)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Porcello: Punto 2-14, Crawford 3-8, Aviles 2-6, Pedroia 1-5, Ellsbury 5-5, Shoppach 2-5, Ross 2-4, Gonzalez 1-2, Salty 0-1.
Tigers vs. Cook: Fielder 3-20, Cabrera 3-7, Young 3-5, Jackson 1-3, Avila 1-2, Boesch 1-2, Infante 1-3, Kelly 1-3, Peralta 1-3, Raburn 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Of Pedro Ciriaco's nine RBIs, four have given the Red Sox the lead.
Notes: The Sox have won four straight and start the day 7.5 games behind the Yankees in the division and 3.5 games out in the wild card. ... The Tigers have lost five of their last six games. ... Cook has one career start against the Tigers, that coming last June 19 when he was with the Rockies. He allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings. Cook has given up nine earned runs on 11 hits over 10.1 innings in his last two starts. ... Porcello is 0-2, 10.80 in three career starts against the Red Sox. ... Middlebrooks has hit safely in eight straight at 12 of 29 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs. ... Gonzalez hit .373 in July (35 of 95).
Song of the Day: "Cool For Cats" by Squeeze.