Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game:
RED SOX (55-58)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48)
Pitching: LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 8.31)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Seddon: Saltalamacchia 0-0 (BB).
Indians vs. Buchholz: Kotchman 6-14, Choo 1-6, Cabrera 2-5, Brantley 0-6, Hannahan 2-5, Marson 0-4, Kipnis 2-4, Santana 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not had a losing record since 1997. To finish 82-80, the will have to go 27-22 (.551) the rest of the way.
Notes: The Sox start the day 11 games out of first and 5.5 out in the wild-card race. They have lost three straight, seven of nine and 13 of 20. … Cleveland has won two straight after dropping 11 in a row. … The Sox are 12-15 since the All-Star break. Eight of those losses have been by two runs or less. The Sox are 23-29 in games decided by two runs or less this season. … Buchholz is 5-1, 2.17 in nine starts since June 1. He is 1-1, 5.32 in four career starts against the Indians. … Seddon, a 28-year-old journeyman, is making his second start of the season and the fifth of his career. He has 4.2 innings of experience against the Sox, none since 2010. … Gonzalez has hit in nine straight at 16 of 34 with six doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs. He is now hitting .310 with an .825 OPS. Gonzalez’s 74 RBIs are fifth among AL first baseman, just behind Prince Fielder (81), Albert Pujols (76), Edwin Encarnacion (75) and Mark Teixeira (75).
Song of the Day: “Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Warren Zevon.