Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (45-33)
Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (4-8, 4.23).
Pitching: RHP Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.78).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Nicasio: No history.
Rockies vs. Dempster: Helton 10-24, Gonzalez 5-9, Fowler 2-5, Herrera 0-2, Torrealba 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Since starting 20-8, the Sox are 25-25.
Notes: The Sox have lost two straight and 4 of 5. They start a nine-game homestand with a 2.5-game lead in the division. … The Sox are 2-2 in interleague games this season, all against the Phillies. … Ryan Dempster is 2-3 in his last five starts despite a 3.48 ERA. He is 5-4, 6.96 in 18 career appearances against the Rockies, the last coming in 2011. … Juan Nicasio is facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. … Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer enters the game with a 21-game hit streak, the longest in the majors this season and the longest for the Rockies since 1999. Cuddyer is 32 of 87 (.368) in the streak. He has reached base in 40 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors this season. … Jose Iglesias has reached base in 26 consecutive games. … Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games at 37 of 97 (.381) with 19 run scored. The hot streak has raised his batting average from .278 to .289. … David Ortiz is 12 of his last 28. … The Sox are 3 of their last 24 with runner in scoring position. … Andrew Bailey’s last 6 games: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 4 HR.
Song of the Day: “Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin.