Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (66-81)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (3-10, 5.18)
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.26)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Cobb: Aviles 0-6, Pedroia 0-3, Nava 0-2, Podsednik 1-2, Salty 0-1.
Rays vs. Cook: Keppinger 0-12, Pena 2-5, Longoria 2-4, Upton 0-4, Roberts 0-3, Scott 0-3, Zobrist 0-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are actually 7-5 against the Rays this season, outscoring them 60-39.
Notes: The Sox have been officially eliminated. With 15 games left they are 17.5 games out in the division and 16.5 games out in the wild card. … The Rays are heading in that direction. They were 1-5 on a road trip to Baltimore and New York and are five games out in the division and four games out in the wild card with 16 games left. … Cook is 1-8, 5.40 in his last nine starts and 0-6, 6.00 in his last six. His last win came Aug. 6. Cook hasn’t faced the Rays since June 17, 2009 when he was with the Rockies. Cook is 6-20, 5.64 over the last two seasons (33 games) yet remains in the Red Sox rotation. … Cobb is 5-0, 3.31 in his last eight starts. His last loss was on July 27. He faced the Sox on May 25 and allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 innings and 96 pitches. … The Sox have scored 38 runs and hit .222 in their 14 games this month.
Song of the Day: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day.