Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (59-64)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-3, 4.19)
Pitching: RHP Jered Weaver (15-3, 2.74)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Weaver: Pedroia 4-25, Ellsbury 5-18, Salty 2-9, Podsednik 1-10, Punto 1-9, Gonzalez 3-7, Aviles 2-6.
Angels vs. Buchholz: Wells 5-25, Hunter 4-18, Izturis 6-18, Aybar 1-18, Callaspo 4-17, Kendrick 2-12, Bourjos 1-6, Morales 4-5, Wilson 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Sox have lost 64 games. Half have been by one or two runs.
Notes: Now here's a good pitching matchup. Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his last six starts and has allowed four earned runs over 17 innings in his last two. He us 5-2, 3.95 in seven career starts against the Angels. This will be his 100th major league appearance. ... Weaver was 9-0. 1.60 fro, June 20 to Aug. 6. He is 0-2 in two starts since, allowing 12 earned runs over 10 innings. Weaver is 2-5, 4.41 in 11 career starts against the Sox, 0-3, 5.50 in the last three. He is 1-3, 7.16 in six starts at Fenway. The Red Sox have won eight of 11 regular season matchups against Angels starter Jered Weaver, including a 5-1 record in his six starts at Fenway. ... Salty has 21 homers, the most for the a Red Sox catcher since Jason Varitek had 22 in 2005. ... The Sox start the day 13 games out of first and eight games out in the wild card. They are actually behind Seattle in the wild card race.
Song of the Day: "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" by U2.