Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (69-85)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.16)
Pitching: LHP David Price (18-5, 2.58)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio:NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Price: Pedroa 8-27, Ellsbury 6-22, Aviles 4-16, Ross 2-12, Nava 0-11, Salty 1-8, Podsednik 3-8, Valencia 6-7, Ciriaco 0-6, Lavarnway 2-4, Gomez 1-3, Iglesias 2-3.
Rays vs. Buchholz: Scott 7-20, Pena 5-30, Zobrist 3-29, Longoria 6-27, Upton 7-23, Joyce 5-15, Molina 5-14, Rodriguez 3-10, Jennings 2-7, Keppinger 1-8, Johnson 1-5, Brignac 0-3, Gimenez 0-3, Fuld 1-2, Roberts 0-1.
Stat of the Day: This will Lavarnway’s 11th start at catcher in the last 16 games.
Notes: The Rays are three games out in the wild card with nine games to play. The math is against them, but then it was last year, too. They have won five straight. … The Sox have dropped four of their last five. … The pitching matchup is a rematch from last Thursday in Florida. Buchholz threw seven no-hit innings and Price allowed three runs over 7.1 innings. But the Rays won the game , 7-4, with six runs in the ninth off Andrew Bailey and Vicente Padilla. … Buchholz is matching his career best with his 28th start. He has thrown a career-best 181.2 innings. He is 0-2 in his last five starts despite a 2.95 ERA and is 1-2, 3.62 in five starts against the Rays this season. … Price is 1-1, 3.28 in four starts against the Sox this season. … The 2004 team will be honored before the game as part of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.
Song of the Day: “After The Thrill Is Gone” by The Eagles.