The Sox are on the road again. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (49-33)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-3, 4.50).
Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (9-5, 4.08)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox start the day 1.5 games behind the Yankees, who are at Oakland in a late game. The Rays are a half-game behind the Sox.
They meet again: Matsuzaka and Garza hooked up at Fenway last Wednesday. The Rays won the game 9-4. The pitchers had fairly equal lines:
Garza: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5K
Dice-K: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Lots of Garza: This will be the fourth time already this season the Sox have seen Garza. His line so far: 20 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 9 BB, 13 K
Here’s how Sox hitters have fared against him (including postseason games):
Beltre 8-19, 2 HR
Total 35-177 (.198)
DL not kind to Dice-K: Matsuzaka has started two games since coming off the DL for an injury he didn’t actually have. In 11 innings, he has allowed five runs on nine hits and eight walks.
No relief: The Red Sox bullpen has allowed at least one run in nine of the last 10 games it has been used. In all, they have allowed 28 earned runs over the last 27.1 innings.
Other stuff: Terry Francona needs one win for 900 in his career. … Bill Hall is 4 of 19 since replacing Dustin Pedroia at second base. … The Sox are 5-2 without Pedroia … The Sox are 6-5 in their last 11 games. … The Sox are 4-5 against the Rays this season.
On the iPod right now: I Shall Be Free by Bob Dylan.
Back with more later on.