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Game 84 preview: Cubs at Red Sox

Here are tonight’s lineups.

RED SOX (38-45)CUBS (35-46)
Holt LFCoghlan LF
Pedroia 2BSweeney DH
Ortiz DHRizzo 1B
Napoli 1BCastro SS
Pierzynski CValbuena 3B
Bogaerts 3BCastillo C
Drew SSSchierholtz RF
Betts RFRuggiano CF
Bradley Jr. CFBarney 2B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (3-4, 6.75 ERA)Pitching: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-8, 5.22)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

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TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI, WFAN.

Red Sox vs. Jackson: Ortiz 9-20, Pierzynski 8-24, Pedroia 5-17, Napoli 1-10, Drew 3-7, Herrera 0-4, Ross 0-2.

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Cubs vs. Buchholz: Sweeney 2-6, Valbuena 1-5, Coghlan 0-3.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have been shutout eight times this season. They were shutout 11 times all of last season.

Notes: A 12-16 record in June has the Sox sitting in fourth place in the AL East, 6½ games behind the first-place Blue Jays . . . Their loss to the Cubs on Monday snapped a six-game win streak against National League teams. They are 6-4 in interleague games . . . Clay Buchholz is making his second start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up four runs on seven hits (three homers) over 7 innings in a 5-4 win in Seattle a last week. In seven career interleague starts, Buchholz is 4-0 with a 5.61 ERA. He’s never faced the Cubs . . . Edwin Jackson will make his 11th start and 14th appearance against the Red Sox. He is 2-4 lifetime against them with a 5.49 ERA . . . Jackson had a rough June, going 1-3 in his last four starts of the month with a 7.29 ERA and four homers allowed . . . With a fifth-inning walk Monday, Mike Napoli has reached base in 17 of 21 games since coming off the disabled list. He’s reached base in 31 of 33 games at Fenway this season . . . Mookie Betts had reached base in all 23 of his games with Triple A Pawtucket and recorded his first hit in his Red Sox debut Sunday against the Yankees, but saw his streak snapped on Monday with an 0 for 3 night . . . Stephen Drew’s single to break up Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Monday night gave him a hit in three of the past four games, but he’s still 3 for his past 39 . . . Starlin Castro has reached base in 17 of his past 18 games, hitting .324 over that stretch

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Song of the Day: “Everybody’s Something’’ by Chance the Rapper featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and Saba.

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