Greetings from San Francisco and beautiful AT&T Park. Here are the linueps:
RED SOX (44-30)
Marco Scutaro SS
Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
Adrian Beltre 3B
Bill Hall RF
Darnell McDonald CF
Tim Wakefield RHP (2-5, 5.33)
Andres Torres RF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Aubrey Huff LF
Juan Uribe SS
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey 1B
Aaron Rowand CF
Eli Whiteside C
Jonathan Sanchez LHP (5-5, 2.90)
Game time: 10:15 p.m.
State of the Sox: They lost two of three at Colorado but start the weekend two games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
This is it: The Sox are starting their final interleague series of the season. They are 11-4 against the National League this season, averaging 6.4 runs in those 15 games.
Series scoop: The Sox are 4-2 against the Giants and last played here in 2004 when they lost two of three.
Wake up: Tim Wakefield will be making his 400th career start for the Sox tonight. He is 177-155 in those games. Wakefield us 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA against the Giants but hasn't faced them since 2007.
Wakefield has a 2.91 ERA in three starts against NL teams this season.
Wake of late: In his last three starts, Wakefield has been impressive, allowing eight earned runs on 16 hits over 21 innings while striking out 15 and walking only three.
Sanchez vs. the Sox: Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first start against the Sox in his career. He threw one inning of relief against them in 2007. He is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in his last six starts but had his shortest outing of the season against Toronto on Sunday, lasting only 3.2 innings while giving up three hits and five walks.
The Sox don't have a lot of history against Sanchez. But here it is: Hall 2-7, Cameron 1-7, Drew 0-2, Beltre 0-1, Ortiz 0-1, Youkilis 0-1.
Hammering lefties: The Sox are 14-9 against lefthanded starters this season, hitting .289/.372/.487 against them.
Homecoming kings: Dustin Pedroia is from Woodland, Calif, about 90 minutes north of here. Daniel Nava is from Redwood City, about 30 miles to the south.
Guess who's back? Back again: Pedroia is 26 of his last 52 (when at UMass, we know that's .500) with 17 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBI after his big night against the Rockies on Thursday. Pedroia has raised his batting average from .248 to .293 in the last 13 games.
Nava gonna let you down: Nava is 14 of 40 (.350) in his 11 games with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBI.
The Papelbon plunge: The closer has allowed five runs on six hits in his last two outings. Opponents now have a .746 OPS against him. Prior to this year that was .557.
Papelbon had a 1.84 ERA from 2005-08 with a 5.09 K/BB ratio. In the last two seasons, he has a 2.53 ERA with a 2.86 K/BB ratio.
David becoming Goliath again: David Ortiz is 13 of his last 41 with 11 RBI over 12 games.
On the iPod right now: Doctor My Eyes by the great Jackson Browne. Part of the California mix I listen to out here.
Back with more later. Stay up for the game with Extra Bases. We'll have updates and an in-game blog.