Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (2-0)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74 regular season).
Pitching: RHP Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.76 regular season).
Game time: 6:07 p.m.
TV/radio: TBS / WEEI, ESPN.
Red Sox vs. Cobb: Pedroia 5-18, Nava 4-14, Drew 3-12, Salty 2-10, Ellsbury 3-13, Victorino 4-11, Napoli 3-9, Ortiz 1-6, Middlebrooks 2-9, Carp 2-5, Berry 0-2, Ross 0-2.
Rays vs. Buchholz: Zobrist 4-36, Longoria 7-34, Joyce 6-22, Molina 7-22, Escobar 3-16, Jennings 4-17, DeJesus 4-11, Johnson 1-10, Rodriguez 3-10, Young 1-9, Loney 1-6, Fuld 1-4.
Stat of the Day: Ortiz has 49 RBIs in postseason play. The only lefthanded hitter with more is David Justice with 63.
Notes: The Sox have outscored the Rays, 19-6, in the first two games of the series and outhit them, 25-12 … The Sox are 14-7 against the Rays this season, counting the postseason … Buchholz is 7-5, 2.41 in 16 career starts against the Rays. He has a 2.26 ERA in nine career starts at Tropicana Field. Buchholz faced the Rays twice this season (including Sept. 10 at the Trop) and threw 13 scoreless innings, allowing only five hits while striking out 17. Buchholz is making his second career postseason start. He faced the Angels on Oct. 11, 2009, at Fenway and allowed two runs over five-plus innings. Buchholz left with a 5-2 lead in a game the Sox lost, 7-6 … Cobb is 2-2, 4.19 in seven career starts against the Red Sox. In four starts this season, he has a 5.16 ERA. Cobb faced the Red Sox Sept. 11 at the Trop and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Cobb started (and won) the AL wild-card game last Wednesday. He threw 6.2 scoreless innings. Cobb, a Boston native, turned 26 today … The Sox are trying to reach the ALCS for the first time since 2008 … Counting spring training, the teams will be meeting for the 28th time this season … The Rays are 12 of 62 (.194) in the series … In 21 games against the Sox this season, the Rays are 26 of 172 (.151) with runners in scoring position.
Song of the Day: “Good Times Roll” by the Cars.