Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game.
RED SOX (57-59)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.97)
Pitching: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (10-7, 3.79)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Chen: Aviles 0-5; Gonzalez 2-6, Pedroia 2-6; Ross 1-2; Saltalamacchia 1-3; Shoppach 0-1
Orioles vs. Beckett: Markakis 14-50; Jones 11-38; Hardy 5-19; Wieters 5-19; Andino 6-15; Reynolds 3-15; Davis 4-14; Betemit 1-8; McLouth 1-6; Quintanilla 0-6
Stat of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez has had a hit in every game in August except one. He is batting .422 so far this month, and .309 overall.
Notes: The Red Sox will wear black armbands on their uniforms in honor of former player and manager Johnny Pesky, who passed away on Monday at age 92 … The Orioles will hold a moment of silence in Pesky’s honor before tonight’s game … The Red Sox will hold a public tribute for Pesky at Fenway Park later this season, but do not have details yet … Beckett is coming off a terrible last start when he gave up eight runs in five innings to the Rangers. He lost to the Orioles in June despite only allowing five hits and two runs … Reliever Andrew Bailey is expected to be activated off the disabled list before the game. Bailey has not played in the majors after having thumb surgery, but made six rehab appearances in the minors … The Orioles lead the season series, 6-3 … Orioles 3B Manny Machado was named AL co-player of the week along with Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez … Jacoby Ellsbury has a 36-game hitting streak against the Orioles, dating to April of 2009 … Today is Clay Buchholz’s 28th birthday.