Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (14-7)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-0, 0.90).
Pitching: RHP Philip Humber (0-4, 6.63).
Game time: 6:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Humber: Ellsbury 3-9, Pedroia 1-7, Ortiz 2-7, Salty 3-8, Drew 0-4, Napoli 1-3, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 0-2, Ciriaco 0-2, Gomes 0-1.
Astros vs. Buchholz: Pena 6-33, Ankiel 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Ellsbury has 199 stolen bases. Only two players in Red Sox history have had 200. Harry Hooper had 300 from 1909-20 and Tris Speaker 267 from 1907-15.
Notes: Shane Victorino (lower back) is out of the lineup after coming out of Wednesday’s game after the sixth inning. … The Sox have the best record in the American League and the Astros the worst. Houston is in its first season in the AL. This is their first series at Fenway Park since 2003. … The Sox are 7-2 against Houston. … Buchholz is facing Houston for the first time in his career. … Humber is 2-2, 7.33 in four career starts against the Sox. All four of those starts came from 2011-12 when Humber was with the White Sox. Humber allowed 11 runs on 14 hits over 11 innings in two starts against the Sox last season. … Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners last April 21. He is 4-9, 7.26 since with a 1.67 WHIP. … Napoli has 15 extra-base hits and 26 RBIs in 21 games. The team record for RBIs in April is 31 by Manny Ramirez in 2001. … The Red Sox bullpen in the last four games: 13.1 IP, 15 H, 12 ER, 9 BB, 20 K. … Ortiz has a 16-game hit streak dating back to last July. … Ryan Lavarnway was added to the roster today. He reached base in all 11 games he played at Pawtucket, hitting .310 with an .875 OPS.
Song of the Day: “New Kid In Town” by The Eagles.