Good morning. Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (23-23)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84)
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, TBS / WEEI
Rays vs. Buchholz: Scott 5-23, Pena 5-22, Zobrist 3-20, Upton 5-14, Joyce 3-10, Molina 4-10, Rodriguez 2-6, Rhymes 1-4, Johnson 1-2, Gimenez 1-2.
Red Sox vs. Hellickson: Gonzalez 2-14, Ortiz 6-15, Pedroia 4-16, Salty 4-11, Youkilis 2-10, Aviles 2-5, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Red Sox relievers have allowed 21 earned runs over their last 108.2 innings since the April 21 game against the Yankees when the bullpen allowed 13 earned runs over three innings.
Notes: Buchholz is facing Hellickson for the third time this season and the second time in 12 days. The Sox won the first game, 13-5, on April 14 and lost the second game, 2-1, on May 16 … Buchholz is 5-3, 2.48 in 10 career games against the Rays. He has allowed seven earned runs in 12 innings this season … Buchholz has allowed five or more earned runs in seven of his nine starts this season … Hellickson is 3-1, 4.42 in seven career appearances against the Sox. He has allowed six earned runs in 11 innings this season … The Sox have won 11 of their last 15 … The Sox are 5-3 against the Rays this season, 4-2 at Fenway … The Sox are 10-12 at Fenway overall … Upton has a nine-game hit streak and is 16 of 38 with six extra-base hits … Scott Atchison is has thrown 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings … Gonzalez has a six-game hitting streak but is 11 of 53 (.207) in his last 14 games with two walks and 15 strikeouts … Josh Beckett, who allowed two earned runs in seven innings on Saturday night, has given up three earned runs in his last 21.1 innings … Remember Mark Melancon? He has allowed one earned run over 16 innings at Pawtucket with three walks and 24 strikeouts.
Song of the Day: “Walk Of Life” by Dire Straits.