Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (48-49)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.19)
Pitching: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 5.54)
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Rangers vs. Buchholz: Napoli 4-11, Hamilton 1-12, Young 3-10, Kinsler 2-6, Murphy 6-9, Cruz 4-7, Beltre 0-5, Andrus 1-5, Gonzalez 0-1
Red Sox vs. Perez: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 20-11 against lefty starters. Only the Giants (21-9) are better. The Sox have 43 homers against lefties.
Notes: The Sox have lost four straight and 12 of 18. They start the day 10.5 games out of first place and four games out in the wild card. … Texas has won seven of their last 11. … Buchholz is 1-3, 3.91 in four starts against Texas, 0-2, 6.10 in two starts at Rangers Ballpark. … Perez, 21, will be making his fifth major league appearance. He was 5-5, 4.59 in 16 Triple A games. … Ellsbury is 12 of 31 with four extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list. … Napoli is 7 of 13 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in three games against the Sox this season. … The Rangers are 22-10 against the Red Sox in the last four years, 12-5 at Rangers Ballpark.
Song of the Day: “Ramblin’ Man” by Hank Williams.