Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (62-73)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-4, 4.50)
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (13-9, 3.90)
Game time: 4:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Vargas: Pedroia 2-12, Ellsbury 2-7, Ross 3-7, Aviles 1-6, Loney 2-5, Salty 0-2.
Mariners vs. Buchholz: Figgins 3-12, Jaso 1-9, Gutierrez 0-2, Olivo 1-3, Saunders 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 21-36 since July 1. The Mariners are 31-24.
Notes: Buchholz has faced the Mariners only twice in his career and not since Sept. 15, 2010. He is 1-0, 2.92 against them. … Vargas has faced the Sox twice this season, allowing 11 runs on 18 hits over 12.1 innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. … The Sox have lost six straight and 11 of 14. They are 4-2 against Seattle this season, going 2-2 at Safeco Field in a series that ran from June 28 to July 1. … The Sox have been outscored 54-15 on their road trip. … Sox pitchers have a 7.08 ERA in the last 13 games. … The Sox have lost 19 of their last 28 road games. … Pedroia starts the day with a 13-game hit streak (20 of 54) and hits in 26 of his last 27 games.
Song of the Day: “Even The Losers” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.