Game 91: White Sox at Red Sox

Afternoon, everyone. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game, the second of a four-game series against the White Sox:

RED SOX (46-44)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Daniel Nava, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Mike Aviles, SS
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-6, 4.49)

WHITE SOX (49-40)
Alejandro De Aza, CF
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adam Dunn, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: RHP Philip Humber (3-4, 6.01)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.



Red Sox vs. Humber: Sweeney 2-9, Gonzalez 3-8, Ortiz 2-7, Ellsbury 1-6, Saltalamacchia 3-5, Crawford 2-4, Aviles 1-4.

White Sox vs. Lester: Rios 8-36, Konerko 9-21, Ramirez 4-20, Pierzynski 4-11, Beckham 2-11, Hudson 1-7, Viciedo 2-6, Dunn 0-4, De Aza 1-4, Flowers 1-3.

Stat of the Day: After his three-run, eighth-inning homer Monday night, Adrian Gonzalez has a team-high nine game-winning RBIs this season.

Notes: Lester makes his first post-All-Star break start. He lasted just 4.1 innings on July 8 against the Yankees, taking the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits. He last faced the White Sox on April 28. In one of his best outings this season, Lester pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. Lester has not lasted past the seventh inning since May 14, but he has a team-high 10 quality starts. He is 12 strikeouts away from 1,000 career Ks … Humber has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a strained right elbow. Since pitching a perfect game on April 21 at Seattle, his ERA is 7.47. He got battered in the follow-up act on April 26 against Boston, allowing nine runs on eight hits in five innings. The Sox won that game, 10-3. He is 1-2 with a 8.83 ERA lifetime in three starts against Boston. In Humber’s latest outing, he stopped a two-game losing streak by picking up the win against the Dodgers, a five-inning affair on June 16. He pitched in a rehab start Thursday for Double A Birmingham, allowing one run, two hits, and no walks in six innings. …. Last night’s Red Sox win snapped a seven-game losing streak at Fenway against the White Sox, a streak that dated back to Aug. 26, 2009 … Over his past 17 outings, Vicente Padilla has a 1.23 ERA. Sixteen of those outings have been scoreless … Gonzalez has hit safely in 20 of 21 games … Since being dealt to Chicago, Kevin Youkilis has 15 RBIs and is hitting .323 … Pierzynski is batting .500 over his past four games.


Song of the Day: “Karn Evil 9” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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