Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (55-57)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56)
Pitching: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11, 5.29)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network/WEEI
Red Sox vs. Jimenez: Gonzalez 5-27, Pedroia 3-8, Ross 1-5, Punto 1-5, Crawford 0-4, Middlebrooks 1-3, Salty 0-3, Ellsbury 0-1.
Indians vs. Doubront: Brantley 0-3, Cabrera 0-3, Kipnis 1-3, Santana 0-3, Choo 0-2, Duncan 0-1, Hannahan 0-2, Kotchman 0-2, Marson 1-2.
Stat of the Day: If the Red Sox were merely .500 (21-21) in the games started by Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, they would be 61-51 and leading the wild card.
Notes: The Sox have lost two straight, six of eight and 12 of 19. They stated the day 10 games out of first in the division and 5.5 games back in the wild card with 50 games left to play. … The Indians snapped an 11-game losing streak on Wednesday when they beat the Twins, 6-2. … The Sox are 3-1 against the Indians this season but only 11-11 against them since the start of the 2010 season. … Doubront started against the Indians on May 12 and allowed one run over six innings. He is 5-0, 3.82 in six starts against AL Central teams this season. … Jimenez has been a disaster for Cleveland since they obtained him from Colorado last season, going 12-15 with a 5.22 ERA in 33 starts. He is 0-4, 8.42 in his last five starts this season. … Gonzalez is hitting .348/.380/.509 with 45 RBIs in the 59 games he has played since June 1. … The Sox are 26-23 on the road.
Song of the Day: “We Are Nowhere and It’s Now” by Bright Eyes.