Game 98: Red Sox at Rangers

Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game tonight:

RED SOX (48-49)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Crawford LF
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.19)

RANGERS (57-38)
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Beltre 3B
Young 1B
Cruz DH
Murphy RF
Napoli C
Gentry CF
Pitching: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 5.54)

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Rangers vs. Buchholz: Napoli 4-11, Hamilton 1-12, Young 3-10, Kinsler 2-6, Murphy 6-9, Cruz 4-7, Beltre 0-5, Andrus 1-5, Gonzalez 0-1

Red Sox vs. Perez: No history.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 20-11 against lefty starters. Only the Giants (21-9) are better. The Sox have 43 homers against lefties.

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Notes: The Sox have lost four straight and 12 of 18. They start the day 10.5 games out of first place and four games out in the wild card. … Texas has won seven of their last 11. … Buchholz is 1-3, 3.91 in four starts against Texas, 0-2, 6.10 in two starts at Rangers Ballpark. … Perez, 21, will be making his fifth major league appearance. He was 5-5, 4.59 in 16 Triple A games. … Ellsbury is 12 of 31 with four extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list. … Napoli is 7 of 13 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in three games against the Sox this season. … The Rangers are 22-10 against the Red Sox in the last four years, 12-5 at Rangers Ballpark.

Song of the Day: “Ramblin’ Man” by Hank Williams.