Good afternoon. Here is a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (28-28)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (5-2, 6.58)
Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (4-5, 4.82)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WRKO
Red Sox vs. Matusz: McDonald 4-13, Ortiz 1-13 (10 K), Youkilis 3-9, Pedroia 2-10, Gonzalez 4-6, Shoppach 2-7, Sweeney 1-7, Aviles 0-4, Byrd 1-4, Nava 0-3, Salty 0-4, Punto 2-2, Middlebrooks 0-2.
Orioles vs. Buchholz: Jones 4-15, Weiters 6-17, Andino 2-11, Reynolds 1-6, Davis 2-7, Hardy 4-6, Johnson 2-3, Flaherty 1-3, Betemit 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Pedroia is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in two games since missing six games with a thumb injury.
Notes: The Sox have lost three straight and start the day four games out of first. … The Sox are 13-16 at Fenway. … The Orioles are 6-2 against the Sox this season and have won a team record seven straight games at Fenway (dating back to last season). The O’s have taken 11 of their last 15 against the Sox. … Buchholz is 5-3, 3.26 in 10 career appearances against the Orioles. But he has pitched poorly against them this season, allowing 10 runs on 13 hits and eight walks in nine innings. Buchholz has pitched well in his last two starts this season, giving up four runs over 15 innings. … Matusz is 3-1, 3.58 in seven career starts against the Sox. He dominated them on May 22 (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) in a 4-1 Baltimore victory at Camden Yards. … Middlebrooks has hit in eight straight at 12 of 29 with six RBIs. … Salty is hitting .343 (23 of 67) in his last 21 games with 17 RBIs.
Song of the Day: “Code of Silence” by Bruce Springsteen and Joe Grushecky.