Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Here's a preview of tonight's game:
RED SOX (32-33)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04)
Pitching: LHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91)
Game time: 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Maholm: Gonzalez 3-11, Punto 0-7, McDonald 2-7, Pedroia 1-3, Podsednik 0-2, Salty 1-2, Youkilis 0-1, Morales 0-1.
Cubs. vs. Morales: Johnson 0-4, Soriano 1-3, Baker 1-2, Barney 1-2, Castro 1-2, Maholm 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox bullpen had a 8.44 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP through April 21. It has a 2.01 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP since. Sox relievers have allowed two earned runs in their last 21 innings.
Notes: The Sox are 3-2 on a road trip that ends tonight. ... The Sox have won three of four but also have lost eight of 12. ... Morales is making his first start since May 21, 2009 when he was with the Rockies. He is 0-0, 3.09 in four appearances against the Cubs. ... Morales has thrown 7.1 shutout innings in his last two relief appearances. ... Maholm has faced the Sox once, that coming last June 24 when he was with the Pirates. He allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings. ... Podsednik is hitting .390/.413/.492 since joining the Sox and is 11 of his last 26. ... The Sox are 5-6 in interleague games. ... Pedroia is 6 of 45 with one extra-base hit (a double) and four RBIs. ... Gonzalez is 10 of 50 and is out of the lineup for the first time this season.
Song of the Day: "Substitute" by The Who.