Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (88-58)
Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79).
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN / WEEI.
Rays vs. Dempster: Loney 3-24, Johnson 1-14, Escobar 2-14, Longoria 2-8, Scott 3-7, Jennings 1-5, Joyce 1-6, Zobrist 2-5, Wright 2-5, Molina 2-3, Myers 0-3, Young 1-3, Lobaton 0-2.
Red Sox vs. Cobb: Pedroia 4-15, Salty 2-10, Ellsbury 3-13, Nava 2-11, Drew 2-9, Victorino 3-8, Napoli 2-7, Ortiz 1-4, Middlebrooks 2-6, Carp 2-5, Lavarnway 1-4, Berry 0-2, Bradley 0-3.
Stat of the Day: Koji Uehara has retired 31 consecutive hitters, the longest streak for a reliever since Jason Motte of the Cardinals set down 32 in a row for the Cardinals. Since 1960, the record is 41 in a row by Bobby Jenks of the White Sox in 2007.
Notes: The Red Sox have won six of seven and nine of their last 11 games. They lead the Rays by 8.5 games with 16 games left and have a magic number of 10. … The Sox also lead the Athletics by four games for the best record in the American League. … The Rays have lost 12 of 16. They have averaged 2.6 runs in those 16 games and hit .179 with runners in scoring position. … The Sox have won eight of 11 on the road. … Dempster has allowed four runs in 13 innings against the Rays in two starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.94 in 10 career starts against Tampa Bay. … Cobb is facing the Red Sox for the fourth time. He allowed 10 earned runs on 18 hits over 17 innings in the previous three starts. … Napoli is 19 of his last 48 (.396) with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.
Song of the Day: “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.