Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (40-25)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60).
Pitching: RHP Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Hernandez: Ortiz 8-21, Napoli 5-19, Pedroia 3-16, Ellsbury 3-13, Salty 3-10, Gomes 0-8, Carp 0-2, Victorino 0-3, Drew 1-1, Nava 1-1, Ross 0-1.
Rays vs. Lester: Longoria 11-50, Zobrist 8-42, Escobar 9-29, Rodrguez 4-20, Molina 7-21, Jennings 6-19, Johnson 0-12, Scott 0-11, Roberts 3-8, Lobaton 0-7, Fuld 1-6, Joyce 2-5, Loney 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Nava is fifth in the American League in OBP (.396), 15th in OPS (869) an tied for 10th in RBIs (42).
Notes: The Sox have the second-best record in baseball behind the Cardinals and have won seven of nine. They are 6-1 against the Rays this season, outscoring them 36-21 and are 19-11 on the road. … The Sox need a long outing from Lester after Monday’s 14-inning, bullpen-draining victory. The good news? Lester has thrown 14 innings in two starts against the Rays this season, allowing three earned runs. The bad news? Lester is 0-2, 5.68 in his last four starts this season and averaged 6.1 innings. … Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) is the facing the Sox for the first time since May 24, 2011. He is 2-4, 3.63 in nine career appearances against Boston. … Hot Sox: Pedroia has a 14-game hitting streak. .. Ortiz has 13 RBIs in his last eight games. … Saltalamacchia (getting a day off after catching all 14 innings on Monday) is 15 of his last 37 with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. His batting average has climbed from .252 to .285. … The Sox have 71 runs in their last nine games.
Song of the Day: “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” by The Beastie Boys.