Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game at Fenway Park.
RED SOX (63-76)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4, 6.15)
BLUE JAYS (62-75)
Pitching: LHP Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.46)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Laffey: Aviles 3-13, Pedroia 3-10, Saltalamacchia 4-10, Ellsbury 1-8, Ross 1-6, Podsednik 0-4, Ciriaco 0-3.
Blue Jays vs. Matsuzaka: Lind 4-28, Escobar 3-13, Mathis 1-11, Encarnacion 2-8, Johnson 0-8, Davis 3-8, Vizquel 2-6, Arencibia 0-5, Lawrie 1-3, Rasmus 0-3, Torrealba 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Pedroia drove in the 400th run of his career on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning last night.
Notes: Dice-K will make his eighth appearance of the season tonight after allowing six earned runs to the Athletics in his last start … This is Laffey’s first start since Aug. 22 after making two relief appearances. He has lost four of his last five starts … Mauro Gomez’s pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning last night made him the first Red Sox rookie to homer on his birthday since Jacoby Ellsbury on Sept. 11, 2007 … Aviles stole his 14th base of the season last night, tying his career high for the third time … Saltalamacchia needs three home runs to tie Carlton Fisk’s record for home runs in a season by a Red Sox catcher. Salty has 23. … The PawSox lead the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-1 in their International League semifinal series after losing 4-3 last night. Game 4 of this best 3 out of 5 series is tonight.