Game 66: Red Sox at Cubs

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game:

RED SOX (32-33)
Podsednik LF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz 1B
Aviles SS
McDonald RF
Shoppach C
Kalish CF
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04)

CUBS (22-43)
Johnson RF
Barney 2B
Castro SS
Soriano LF
Baker 1B
Mather CF
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Pitching: LHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91)

Game time: 8 p.m.


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.

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