Good afternoon. Here's a preview of tonight's game at Fenway Park.
RED SOX (63-76)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4, 6.15)
BLUE JAYS (62-75)
Pitching: LHP Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.46)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Laffey: Aviles 3-13, Pedroia 3-10, Saltalamacchia 4-10, Ellsbury 1-8, Ross 1-6, Podsednik 0-4, Ciriaco 0-3.
Blue Jays vs. Matsuzaka: Lind 4-28, Escobar 3-13, Mathis 1-11, Encarnacion 2-8, Johnson 0-8, Davis 3-8, Vizquel 2-6, Arencibia 0-5, Lawrie 1-3, Rasmus 0-3, Torrealba 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Pedroia drove in the 400th run of his career on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning last night.
Notes: Dice-K will make his eighth appearance of the season tonight after allowing six earned runs to the Athletics in his last start ... This is Laffey's first start since Aug. 22 after making two relief appearances. He has lost four of his last five starts ... Mauro Gomez's pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning last night made him the first Red Sox rookie to homer on his birthday since Jacoby Ellsbury on Sept. 11, 2007 ... Aviles stole his 14th base of the season last night, tying his career high for the third time ... Saltalamacchia needs three home runs to tie Carlton Fisk's record for home runs in a season by a Red Sox catcher. Salty has 23. ... The PawSox lead the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-1 in their International League semifinal series after losing 4-3 last night. Game 4 of this best 3 out of 5 series is tonight.