Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (66-81)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (3-10, 5.18)
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.26)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Cobb: Aviles 0-6, Pedroia 0-3, Nava 0-2, Podsednik 1-2, Salty 0-1.
Rays vs. Cook: Keppinger 0-12, Pena 2-5, Longoria 2-4, Upton 0-4, Roberts 0-3, Scott 0-3, Zobrist 0-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are actually 7-5 against the Rays this season, outscoring them 60-39.
Notes: The Sox have been officially eliminated. With 15 games left they are 17.5 games out in the division and 16.5 games out in the wild card. ... The Rays are heading in that direction. They were 1-5 on a road trip to Baltimore and New York and are five games out in the division and four games out in the wild card with 16 games left. ... Cook is 1-8, 5.40 in his last nine starts and 0-6, 6.00 in his last six. His last win came Aug. 6. Cook hasn't faced the Rays since June 17, 2009 when he was with the Rockies. Cook is 6-20, 5.64 over the last two seasons (33 games) yet remains in the Red Sox rotation. ... Cobb is 5-0, 3.31 in his last eight starts. His last loss was on July 27. He faced the Sox on May 25 and allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 innings and 96 pitches. ... The Sox have scored 38 runs and hit .222 in their 14 games this month.
Song of the Day: "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.