Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (69-46)
Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.54).
Pitching: RHP Jarred Cosart (1-0, 0.96).
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Cosart: No history.
Astros vs. Dempster: Altuve 1-5, Castro 1-6, Wallace 1-4, Carter 0-2, Grossman 0-2, Dominguez 2-2.
Stat of the Day: Mike Napoli is 0 for his last 14, leaving 23 men on base. Napoli is hitting .211/.316/.398 with runners in scoring position, .286/.363/.489 with no runners on base.
Notes: The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Sox are 5-1 against Houston this season, outscoring the Astros, 43-22 … Dempster has a 5.68 ERA over his last six starts, 7.20 in the last four. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out 10 against Houston April 26 at Fenway … Cosart, a 23-year-old rookie, is making his fifth start of the season. He has been dynamite so far in starts against the Rays, Athletics, Blue Jays, and Twins, allowing three earned runs over 28 innings … David Ortiz is 13 of 22 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in six games against Houston this season … Hot Sox include Shane Victorino (15 of 35, six extra-base hits, six RBIs, 11 runs); Dustin Pedroia (11 of 35, four extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, six runs), and Stephen Drew (11 of 24, two extra-base hits, four RBIs, eight walks) … Red Sox pinch hitters are 14 of 52 with 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs. Their 1.048 OPS is first in the AL.
Song of the Day: “All The Young Dudes” by David Bowie.