Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (72-52)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-10, 3.32).
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-7, 2.33).
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Drew 8-29, Pedroia 8-21, Victorino 5-19, Ellsbury 5-19, Nava 4-14, Salty 4-17, Carp 4-12, Gomes 1-10, Ortiz 6-9, Napoli 3-9, Lavarnway 1-8, Middlebrook 0-4.
Yankees vs. Lackey: Suzuki 31-105, Rodriguez 13-65 (5 HR), Cano 14-57, Wells 8-40, Soriano 3-32, Granderson 7-26, Gardner 9-25, Overbay 8-24, Reynolds 2-11, Nix 0-7, Nunez 3-6, Stewart 0-2, Romine 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Soriano is 13 of 18 in his last four games with one double, five home runs and 18 RBIs. He is one of six players all time to drive in 18 runs over four games, the last since Sammy Sosa in 2002. The others are Jim Bottomley (1929), Lou Gehrig (1930), Tony Lazzeri (1936) and Joe DiMaggio (1939).
Milestone watch: Ortiz needs 11 hits for 2,000 in his career. That would make him the 39th player in history with at least 2,000 hits, 400 homers and 1,400 RBIs. ... Ichiro needs five hits to have 4,000 in his career. He's had 2,717 of those hits in the majors. ... Cano is one homer shy of 200 in his career.
Notes: The Sox have lost three straight, four of five, six of eight and seven of their last 11 games. They are one game ahead of the Rays, albeit one behind in the loss column. ... The Yankees have won five of six, moving from 11 games out to 7.5. ... Lackey is 8-10, 4.73 lifetime against the Yankees. He faced them on July 20 and took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out seven without a walk. ... Kuroda is 3-3, 3.72 against the Sox. He is 1-2, 4.61 in three starts this season. In his last seven starts, Kuroda is 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA. ... Cano has an 11-game hit streak (17 of 40) with six RBIs. ... Middlebrooks has hit safely in six straight since he recall at 8 of 20. ... The Sox are 6-4 against the Yankees this season. ... Cold hitters for the Sox: Ellsbury 3 for 25, Victorino 1-18, Ortiz 4-24. ... Rodriguez is 12 for 40 in 10 games since appealing his 211-game suspension from MLB for using multiple PEDs over multiple years.
Song of the Day: "Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad" by The Clash.