Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (62-73)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-4, 4.50)
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (13-9, 3.90)
Game time: 4:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Vargas: Pedroia 2-12, Ellsbury 2-7, Ross 3-7, Aviles 1-6, Loney 2-5, Salty 0-2.
Mariners vs. Buchholz: Figgins 3-12, Jaso 1-9, Gutierrez 0-2, Olivo 1-3, Saunders 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 21-36 since July 1. The Mariners are 31-24.
Notes: Buchholz has faced the Mariners only twice in his career and not since Sept. 15, 2010. He is 1-0, 2.92 against them. ... Vargas has faced the Sox twice this season, allowing 11 runs on 18 hits over 12.1 innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. ... The Sox have lost six straight and 11 of 14. They are 4-2 against Seattle this season, going 2-2 at Safeco Field in a series that ran from June 28 to July 1. ... The Sox have been outscored 54-15 on their road trip. ... Sox pitchers have a 7.08 ERA in the last 13 games. ... The Sox have lost 19 of their last 28 road games. ... Pedroia starts the day with a 13-game hit streak (20 of 54) and hits in 26 of his last 27 games.
Song of the Day: "Even The Losers" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.