Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (73-53)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (10-7, 4.31).
Pitching: RHP Tim Lincecum (6-12, 4.38).
Game time: 10:15 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN, ESPN2 / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Lincecum: Victorino 10-46, Drew 9-42, Gomes 0-3, Napoli 0-3, Nava 0-2, Ortiz 1-2, Lester 0-1, Morales 0-1.
Giants vs. Lester: Scutaro 7-22, Francoeur 1-13, Pence 0-5, Posey 0-4, Torres 1-4, Sandoval 0-3.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 9-3 against National League teams with eight games left to play,
Notes: The Red Sox start a six-game, seven-day West Coast trip amidst a flurry of roster moves. Infielder Xander Bogaerts and righthanded reliever Brayan Villarreal were called up from Triple A Pawtucket and David Ross was activated off the 60-day disabled list … Lester and Lincecum, both 29, grew up roughly 30 miles apart from each other in Washington state. Their careers have taken similar paths, too. After much success, they have struggled the last two seasons. Lester is 19-21, 4.60 in his last 58 starts and Lincecum is 16-27, 4.82, in his last 57 starts. They faced each other on June 27, 2010, at AT&T Park. Lester pitched one of the best games of his career (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) and Lincecum was off (3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) before leaving with an injury … The Red Sox are 6-3 against the Giants all-time, 3-3 in San Francisco … Will Middlebrooks has hit in eight straight at 12 of 26 (.461) with five extra-base hits and four RBIs … David Ortiz is 19 of his last 49 with three homers and seven RBIs over 12 games … Jacoby Ellsbury is 6 of 34 with 11 strikeouts in his last seven games … Rookie relievers Drake Britton (11 hits and 6 ER in his last 5.1 IP) and Brandon Workman (14 hits and 8 ER in his last 10 IP) have run afoul of scouting reports a bit … Craig Breslow has thrown 10.1 IP consecutve scoreless innings in his last 11 outings.
Song of the Day: “X Marks The Spot” by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers.