The final game of the series features what should be an excellent pitching matchup. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (59-45)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-5, 2.71)
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (12-5, 3.76)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Red Sox are 8-8 since the All-Star break but have won six of their last nine games. They start the day 7.5 games out first first place and 5.5 games behind in the wild card. The Yankees and Rays have a 1:40 p.m. start today.
Duel on tap: Buchholz is 1-1, 3.63 in three career starts against the Tigers. Verlander is 2-2, 3.90 in four career starts against the Sox. Verlander is coming off a good July as he was 3-1, 2.88 in five starts. Buchholz was excellent against the Angels in his last start, allowing one run in seven innings against the Angels.
Milestone watch: Kevin Youkilis reached 200 career doubles and 500 career runs on Saturday.
Double their pleasure: The Red Sox have 244 doubles, 132 shy of the MLB team record set by the Rangers in 2008 with 57 games left.
The perils of Papi: David Ortiz has 39 at-bats in his last nine games. He has 12 hits and has struck out 16 times. He has four homers and 12 RBIs in those nine games and has hit safely in all of them.
Lots of LOBs: The Red Sox have left 46 runners on base in their last four games and are 9 of 45 with runners in scoring position.
Catching on: Victor Martinez is 7 of 21 since coming off the disabled list.
Other stuff: The Red Sox are 8-8 since the All-Star break. … The Sox are 2-5 in their last seven home games. … The Sox are 2-3 against the Tigers this season. Today is the last game of the season series. … Jacoby Ellsbury will play his second rehab game for Pawtucket today. He has played nine games in the majors this season, seven in the minors.
Hope you enjoy the game.