Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (27-17)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (6-0, 2.72).
WHITE SOX (19-23)
De Aza CF
Pitching: RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27).
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Axelrod: Ciriaco 3-3, Ellsbury 0-3, Middlebrooks 0-3, Ortiz 1-3, Salty 0-3, Napoli 0-1, Pedroia 1-1.
White Sox vs. Lester: Rios 9-38, Konerko 10-23, Ramirez 5-22, Wells 0-10, Dunn 1-6, De Aza 2-7, Viciedo 3-8, Flowers 1-3, Keppinger 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are averaging 5.47 runs in 21 road games.
Notes: The Red Sox have won five straight and are 5-1 on a road trip that has three games left. … The Red Sox were 6-2 against the White Sox last season and are 5-2 at U.S. Cellular Field the last two seasons. … Lester is 5-5, 5.20 in nine career starts against the White Sox. That’s his highest ERA against an American League team. … Axelrod made one start and one relief appearance against the Sox last season. He allowed two runs over nine innings. … Pedroia has hit in 11 straight at 21 of 45 (.467) with six extra-base hits and eight RBIs. He has had multiple hits in eight of those games. … Ellsbury has gone 158 at-bats since his last home run. … Ortiz has hit in seven straight at 12 of 28 with 12 RBIs. … Middlebrooks is 11 of his last 40 (.275) with nine extra-base hits. … Lester and Buchholz are 12-0, 2.21. The Sox are 15-3 in their starts. … The Sox have a 2.83 ERA on the road trip. Their relievers have allowed one run over 21 innings in six games.
Song of the Day: “Midwestern You” by The Susan Constant.