Good morning everyone. Here's a preview of this afternoon's game:
RED SOX (61-67)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 6.65 ERA)
Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-11, 4.95 ERA)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Stat of the Day: With an announced attendance of 37,188, Sunday's game was the 781st consecutive sellout for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, dating back to May 15, 2003.
Notes: Matsuzaka has made only five starts this season. He hasn't pitched since July 2, when he gave up five runs on four hits in one inning against Oakland. ...The Red Sox have had 10 or more hits in five straight games. ... 10 of Boston's last 11 games have been decided by three runs or fewer. The Red Sox are 4-7 in their last 11 games. ... Scott Podsednik has hit safely in his last six games and in 24 of his 28 starts for the Red Sox. ... Mike Aviles has a hit in all nine games against his former team (13 for 42).