Here are the ineups:
RED SOX (73-46)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)
Pitching: RHP James Shields (11-9, 2.80)
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: The Sox have dropped three of four and are tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Rays are nine games back. … The Sox are 7-6 in August. … The teams have split eight games so far this season and have 10 to play. … Lester has allowed seven runs on 13 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings in his last two starts. He is 9-4, 3.81 in 17 career starts against the Rays. He faced them on April 12 and allowed three runs over seven innings. … Shields is 6-10, 4.95 in 18 career starts against the Sox. Shields was 8-4, 2.29 in his first 16 starts this season. He is 3-5, 3.93 in his eight starts since.
Stat of the Day: Sox pitchers have a 4.30 ERA in August after posting a 3.70 in July. Sot hitters are at .281/.335/.453 in August after a hot .298/.373/.501 July.
Song of the Day: “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye.