Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (45-31)
Pitching: RHP Allen Webster (0-1. 11.74).
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (10-0, 3.08).
Game time: 7:15 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Scherzer: Napoli 1-13, Ortiz 6-10 (2 HR), Pedroia 3-10 (2 HR), Ellsbury 3-6 (1 HR), Salty 5-9 (1 HR), Drew 1-7, Carp 1-2, Gomes 0-3, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 1-3, Victorino 1-3.
Tigers vs. Webster: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are on a pace to score 823 runs this season. That would be 89 more than last season, more than a half a run per game.
Notes: So which Max Scherzer will be on the mound today? There's the guy who has sterling record this season and has been particularly dominant of late, going 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last six starts. Or will it be the guy who is 1-3, 9,21 in six career starts against the Red Sox? Three of those starts came last season and Scherzer allowed 15 runs on 22 hits and six walks over 15 innings. ... Meanwhile the 23-year-old Webster gets the call to replace Clay Buchholz for the game. This will be his third start of the season. He was 5-1, 2.98 in 10 starts for Triple A Pawtucket. The Tigers are hitting .302/.369/.453 at home and averaging 5.48 runs, so this will be a big test for Webster. ... Iglesias has reached base in 24 consecutive games. As this marks the fourth time in five games that Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup, it's safe to say Iglesias has won the job. ... Nava is 2 of 25 in his last seven games and 11 of 60 in his last 15 with 14 strikeouts. ... The Sox are 31-20 against righthanded starters. ... Elllsbury has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games at 33 of 89 (.371) with 18 runs scored, 11 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Song of the Day: "Allentown" by Billy Joel.