Things are good here on the surface of the sun. The lineups …
RED SOX (66-51)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (12-7, 2.94)
Pitching: RHP Colby Lewis (9-8, 3.37)
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLBN/WEEI
State of the Sox: They have lost two games in a row, both on walk-offs. They are 4-4 on a road trip that ends tomorrow but have still won five of their last nine. They start the day six games out first and four games out in the wild card.
Texas trouble: The Sox are 3-5 against the Rangers this season. Texas is 11-17 against the AL East this season but has an 8.5 game lead in the AL West, the largest lead in baseball.
Lester’s turn: Jon Lester is 2-1, 3.51 in six career starts against Texas. He allowed three earned runs in eight innings on July 18 against them in a loss.
Drew’s the man: J.D. Drew is coming to life. He is 7 of 19 with four homers and five RBIs in the last five games.
Lowell doing his job: Mike Lowell is 11 of 33 with seven RBI and four extra-base hits in the nine games he has played since coming off the disabled list. His OPS of .937 is not too far off the .975 they were getting from Kevin Youkilis.
Other stuff: Victor Martinez has hit in 11 straight at 13 of 45. … Manny Delcarmen’s line in his last eight outings: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K. … The Sox have scored 31 runs in their last four games and hit .306 with 24 extra-base hits.
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