The Red Sox finish off their homestand today. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (18-16)
Van Every CF
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (0-1, 6.03).
BLUE JAYS (19-16)
Pitching: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.19).
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won three straight, seven of nine and 14 of their last 21. They are two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Home boys: The Sox are 7-2 on their homestand. They have not won eight games in a 10-game homestand since 2005.
The Toronto tale: The Sox are 5-0 against the Blue Jays this season, outscoring them 30-20. The Sox have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Blue Jays.
Walk this way: The Sox have drawn 15 walks in the first two games of the series.
Wake up: Wakefield will be making his first start since April 25 when he went 6.2 innings and allowed two earned runs against Baltimore in a no-decision. He has appeared in three games in relief since, allowing six runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. Wakefield is 17-13 with a 3.93 ERA in 51 career games against Toronto, 41 of them starts.
Wakefield is 11-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 25 career appearances (22 starts) against Toronto at Fenway Park.
Wakefield has 189 career wins, 175 of them with the Red Sox.
Okie Dokie: Hideki Okajima had a shaky start of the season. But he has been perfect in his last 3.2 innings over five appearances.
Ortiz update: David Ortiz is 7 of 25 in May with three homers and seven RBI over seven games.
That’s J.D. As In Just Dominating: J.D. Drew is 19 of 40 over his last 11 games with 14 runs scored, 10 RBI and six walks. He has a 1.31 OPS over that stretch. The hot streak has raised his batting average from .181 to .286.
Cooling off: Adrian Beltre is 2 of his last 15 with five strikeouts. … Darnell McDonald is 4 of his last 28 with 10 strikeouts.
Heating up: Dustin Pedroia is 6 of his last 14 with five runs scored, four walks and two RBI. … Victor Martinez has nine RBI in his last five games. … Marco Scutaro has reached base safely in 15 straight games.
The prince of plunk: Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch for the 63rd time in his career last night, one short of tying Jim Rice for second in franchise history. The leader is Hit Dog Mo Vaughn with 71.
Double up Dustin: Pedroia had had two or more hits in nine of the last 17 games. He is 24 of 71 in that stretch with 10 RBI.
(Thanks to the Red Sox media relations staff for the two previous notes.)
On the iPod this morning: Stuck Between Stations by The Hold Steady.
Back with plenty more later including a live blog during the game so you’ll have plenty to read during work.
UPDATE, 9:56 a.m.: This weather update from the Sox:
The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Telvent DTN) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for the possibility of light rain showers during the morning and early afternoon hours.
The Fenway Park gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 11:35 a.m., and the Red Sox expect that today’s game with the Toronto Blue Jays, which is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m., will begin on time. However, the Red Sox want to alert our fans to the current forecast and to the possibility of delay.
This forecast is of course subject to change as the day progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.