Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (88-66)
Pitching: LHP Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50)
Pitching: RHP Rick VandenHurk (0-0, 6.00)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Notes: The Sox start the day five games behind the Yankees with eight to play and two games ahead of the Rays in the wild card. Tampa Bay is at New York tonight, with Wade Davis facing Ivan Nova. … Bedard is making his first start since Sept. 3 after getting sidelined with knee and shoulder issues. He has thrown only one bullpen session since and may only be able to go a short distance tonight. He faced the Orioles May 3 while with Seattle and allowed two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. Bedard played for the Orioles from 2002-07 and has faced them only three times. … VandenHurk has been in three major league games this season, making one start. He is 8-10, 5.87 in 54 career games with the Marlins and Orioles. He, too, is not stretched out. So this could be a bullpen game for both teams. … Ellsbury leads the majors with 30 hits, 10 doubles, and 15 extra-base hits this month. … Great note from the Red Sox: Ellsbury has hit safely in each of his last 31 games against Baltimore, batting .439 (61 for 139) in that stretch. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it ties two Hall of Famers for the longest hitting streak ever recorded against the Orioles franchise. Earl Averill (from 1929-31) and Jimmie Foxx (1935-36) each had at least one hit in 31 consecutive games against the St. Louis Browns, who relocated and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.
Stat of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez has 203 hits. The only other Red Sox first baseman with at least 203 hits in a season was Mo Vaughn, who had 207 in 1996 and 205 in 1998.
Song of the Day: “Mockingbird” by James Taylor and Carly Simon.