Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (64-44)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-8, 3.19).
Pitching: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4, 2.87).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Iwakuma: Drew 1-2, Napoli 1-2, Nava 0-2, Ortiz 2-2, Pedroia 1-2, Salty 2-2, Victorino 1-2, Snyder 0-0 (BB).
Mariners vs. Lackey: Ibanez 22-57, Chavez 8-13, Smoak 1-10, Ackley 3-6, Ryan 1-6, Blanco 1-6, Morales 1-3, Morse 1-3,
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have won seven straight games against the Mariners at Fenway Park.
Notes: The Sox are a half-game behind the Rays and have the third best record in baseball. ... The Sox are 4-1 against the Mariners this season but now have to deal with two All-Stars in Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez the next two days. ... Iwakuma faced the Sox on July 9 and allowed six runs on eight hits in three innings. Ortiz, Pedroia and Napoli homered off him. Iwakuma is 3-0, 2.25 in three starts since. ... Lackey, strong all season, has stumbled in his last two starts, allowing nine runs on 19 hits over 12.2 innings. Lackey is 15-10, 3,61 in 30 career starts against Seattle. He is facing the Mariners for the first time since Aug. 12, 2011. ... Ortiz is hitting .360/.434/.593 this month. For the season, he is third in baseball with a 1.013 OPS.
Song of the Day: "Get up Jake" by The Band (strong suggestion by loyal reader Dave in California).