The lowdown from Motown:
RED SOX (19-17)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-2, 3.71).
Pitching: LHP Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99)/
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
State of the Sox: Looking good, Billy Ray. Feeling good, Louis. The Sox have won four of four, eight of 11 and are 15-8 since April 20. Only the Padres (15-7) have a better record in that time.
No letup in Lester: The lefty is 3-0 with an 0.98 ERA in his last four starts, allowing only 14 hits over 27.2 innings while striking out 30. His ERA has dropped from 8.44 to 3.71 in that stretch. This will be only his second career start against the Tigers. The first came April 9, 2008 at Fenway Park in a 7-2 loss. Lester has made at least four starts against every other team in the American League.
Today will be the 100th career appearance for Lester and his 99th start.
April showers, May flowers: David Ortiz hit .143/.238/.286 in April with one homer and four RBI over 16 games. Through nine games in May he is at .333/.361/.818 with five homers and 11 RBI.
Hot Sox: J.D. Drew is 26 of his last 66 with 10 extra-base hits and 15 RBI. … Hideki Okajima has thrown 4.2 scoreless innings in his last six outings, allowing one hit.
Cool Sox: Victor Martinez is 2 of his last 23, a plunge that has dropped his batting average to .234. … Beltre is 2 of his last 15 with six strikeouts.
What you talking about Willis? Dontrelle Willis will be making his third career start against the Red Sox. He had an odd outing against them last June 4, giving up five runs on no hits and five walks in 2.1 innings in a game the Sox won 6-3 at Comerica Park.
On the iPod right now: Black Books by Nils Lofgren.
Back with more later on.