LEFT TURN: The Sox are 18-10 (.643) when facing a left-handed starter this season, the 3rd-best mark in the Majors behind the Giants (18-9, .667) and Yankees (20-11, .645)…Boston is 2nd in the Majors with both a .463 SLG and 40 homers off lefties.
IN THE CLUTCH: Adrian Gonzalez leads the AL with a .391 AVG (36-for-92) with runners in scoring position, 2nd in the Majors behind only Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (.395)…Gonzalez has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with a .389 AVG (35-for-90) in that time, including a .500 clip (12-for-24) with 14 RBI with RISP.
FELIX THE STOPPER: Tonight’s starter Felix Doubront is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA (13 ER/39.2 IP) in 7 starts this season following a Red Sox loss…Boston is 6-1 in those contests.
BACK AT IT: In his 1st 2 games of the season since coming off the DL on Monday, Carl Crawford is 4-for-7 (.571) with 4 runs, an RBI, walk and 3 stolen bases…He swiped all 3 bases last night, his 10th career game with 3 stolen bases and 1st since 7/27/10…He also had 3 hits last night, the 1st Red Sox left fielder to tally at least 3 hits and 3 stolen bases in a game since Roy Johnson on 5/21/34 at CWS.
- In 5 games since returning from the DL on Friday, Jacoby Ellsbury is 8-for-23 (.348) with 2 doubles, 2 runs and steal.