Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (51-51)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 4.93)
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (10-5, 4.49)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Scherzer: Aviles 4-10, Crawford 2-7, Ellsbury 2-3, Gonzalez 2-14, Nava 1-3, Pedroia 2-7, Punto 0-4, Ross 2-4, Saltalamacchia 4-6, Shoppach 0-2, Sweeney 2-8.
Tigers vs. Buchholz: Avila 2-5, Boesch 3-15, Cabrera 4-17, Fielder 1-3, Infante 1-5, Jackson 4-16, Kelly 1-3, Laird 1-7, Peralta 5-14, Raburn 4-12, Santiago 0-4, Young 1-6.
Stat of the Day:The Red Sox are 16-9 against teams from the AL Central, the best winning percentage of any team in the AL.
Notes: The Sox open a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season, with Buchholz on the mound. He is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last eight starts. Buchholz was rocked by the Tigers on April 8 in Detroit, giving up seven runs on eight hits in four innings. … Scherzer has won four of his last five starts and has a 2.81 ERA in that stretch. He faced the Sox on April 8 and allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings. He is 1-2, 9.82 in five career starts against the Sox. … Aviles (turf toe) is out of the lineup for the second straight day. But there also is no keeping down Ciriaco, who is hitting .349/.359/.460 since being called up.
Song of the Day: “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations.