Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (68-81)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14)
Pitching: RHP Chris Archer (0-3, 3.22)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Archer: No history.
Rays vs. Matsuzaka: Pena 7-28, Upton 6-22, Scott 4-13, Longoria 5-17, Zobrist 5-14, Joyce 1-10, Molina 1-7, Rodriguez 2-6, Francisco 1-3, Fuld 1-2, Brignac 1-1.
Stat of the Day: The Sox have won two straight. They haven’t won three straight since a four-game win streak from July 28-31.
Notes: The Rays are staggering, having lost four straight and seven of eight. They start the day six games out in the division and in the wild card race with 14 games left to play. … The Sox have won two straight and four of five. … Matsuzaka is 2-7, 5.83 in 12 career starts against the Rays and hasn’t beaten them since 2008. That was back when he was good. He last faced the Rays on April 11, 2011 and allowed seven runs on eight hits over two innings. … Archer, 24, is making his fourth major league start. … The Sox are 9-5 against the Rays and 5-2 at Tropicana Field. … Ellsbury has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games at 15 of 42 (.357) with seven RBIs.
Song of the Day: “Rhymin’ and Stealin’ ” by Beastie Boys.