Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (61-42)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-7, 2.95)
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Hellickson: Pedroia 5-28, Ortiz 8-22, Salty 7-23, Ellsbury 6-23, Napoli 2-11, Nava 1-10, Carp 2-7, Drew 3-7, Gomes 3-7, Iglesias 0-3, Victorino 0-3, Lavarnway 0-1.
Rays vs. Lackey: Longoria 10-31, Zobrist 11-27, Scott 7-21, Joyce 6-18, Escobar 8-15, Loney 4-16, Johnson 3-15, Molina 2-13, Jennings 1-11, Rodriguez 2-5, Fuld 0-3, Lobaton 1-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox have not been in second place since May 25.
Notes: The Rays have taken two of the first three games of this four-game series. … The Red Sox are a half game up on Tampa Bay in the division. … The Sox have lost five of their last eight games for a simple reason: they’ve stopped hitting. The team is .225 with a .617 OPS in the last eight games and averaging 2.87 runs. … The Rays have won seven of eight, 15 of 17 and 19 of 22. They have a 2.17 ERA in the last 22 games. … Napoli is heating up, going 11 for 28 in his last eight games with seven extra-base hits and five RBIs. … Matt Thornton in six appearances for the Red Sox since being acquired from the White Sox: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Opponents are 6 for 16 against him. … Iglesias is 11 of his last 60 (.183) with 11 strikeouts. His batting average has dropped from .411 to .343 and his OPS from .990 to .819. … Hellickson is 5-0, 2.19 in his last six starts. He has faced the Sox twice this season and allowed four earned runs over 13 innings. He is 4-2, 4.14 in 12 career appearances against the Sox. … Lackey has been terrific much of the season not not so hot against the Rays in two starts, giving up nine runs on 19 hits over 10 innings. He is 12-7, 4.39 in 21 career starts against the Rays. Lackey has suffered from a lack of run support. He has a 2.95 ERA but the Sox are 8-9 in games he has started. … The Sox are 10-5 against the Rays. After tonight, the teams have one series left this season.
Song of the Day: “The Harder They Come” by Jimmy Cliff.