Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (16-7)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (2-0, 4.32).
Pitching: RHP Brad Peacock (1-2, 7.50).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Peacock: Victorino 0-3.
Astros vs. Doubront: Pena 1-8, Carter 0-1.
Stat of the Day: Ellsbury has hit safely in 20 of the 23 games this season.
Notes: The Sox have won three straight and four of five. They are tied with Texas for the best record in baseball. … Doubront is facing the Astros for the first time in his career. … Peacock is a 25-year-old rookie. He was acquired from Oakland on Feb. 4 as part of a package for Jed Lowrie. Peacock will be making his seventh career start, the fifth this season. He is 3-2, 4.40 in his career and will be facing the Red Sox for the first time. … Red Sox starters are 13-4 with a 3.09 ERA. That’s second in the AL to Texas (2.93). Sox starters are averaging 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. … Ortiz is 12 of 24 with three doubles, two homers, six RBIs and six runs scored in six games since coming back. … Pedroia is 6 of his last 13 with three doubles and two RBIs. … Middlebrooks is 3 of his last 8 with a double and a homer. … The franchise record for wins in April is 18 (1998 and 2003). The Sox gave three games left this month. … The Sox are 9-2 against the Astros. … The Sox have outscored the Astros 14-5 in the first two games of the season. The Sox have had 28 hits, 14 for extra bases.
Song of the Day: “Houston” by R.E.M.