Good morning. Here’s a preview of the game this afternoon:
RED SOX (55-56)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54)
Pitching: LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Harrison: Pedroia 3-13, Aviles 1-13, Crawford 4-11, Ellsbury 3-11, Gonzalez 1-8, Salty 1-6, Shoppach 0-3, Punto 1-1, Ross 0-1.
Rangers vs. Beckett: Beltre 6-30, Young 6-28, Napoli 6-22 (4 HR), Hamilton 8-20, Andrus 4-15, Kinsler 3-16, Cruz 1-14, Murphy 5-12, Moreland 2-8, Gentry 1-2, Gonzalez 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Rangers own the Sox, having won the season series four years in a row. Since 2009, Texas is 24-12 against the Sox, 11-6 at Fenway Park. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 18 games against the Sox and nine of their last 12 at Fenway. The Rangers are 5-2 against the Sox this season, outscoring them 47-24.
Notes: After seven days off to attend to a sore lower back, Beckett returns to the mound for what could be a very interesting afternoon. The righthander was booed off that same mound on July 31 after leaving with the back injury. Beckett has faced Texas twice this season, allowing seven earned runs over 14 innings. Beckett is 3-4, 4.91 in 10 career starts against Texas, 0-6, 6.66 in four starts at Fenway. … Harrison is facing the Sox for the first time this season. He is 3-1, 6.10 in seven career games against them, five of them starts. … The Sox are 22-13 against lefty starters. … The Sox are 4-5 on their homestand and start a 10-game road trip in Cleveland on Thursday. … Ross is 10 of 28 this month with three doubles. … Saltalamacchia, out against the lefty, is 23 of his last 119 (.193) with 50 strikeouts. … Napoli is 7 of 18 against the Sox this season with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Since the start of the 2010 season, he is 25 of 76 (.329) with 11 homers and 26 RBIs in 23 games against the Sox with home runs in nine of the last 15 games. … The Sox are 14-19 since July 1.
Song of the Day: “Love, Reign O’er Me” by The Who.