One more in Detroit then off to New York. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (19-18)
Van Every CF
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (4-1, 4.60).
Pitching: RHP Armando Galarraga (season debut).
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox are 1-1 on a road trip that has three games left. They have won four of six and eight of their last 12 but are coming off a 7-6, 12-inning loss last night that saw Ramon Ramirez walked in the winning run with two outs.
Pedroia out: Dustin Pedroia was in the original lineup then scratched with a sore knee. More on this later.
Troubling trends: The Sox are 1-6 in extra innings, 2-8 in day games and 7-7 in games decided by one run. So if today’s game goes extras, put on a movie.
Hot Sox: David Ortiz is 14 of 39 (.359) in May with five homers and 13 RBI in 10 games. … J.D. Drew has hit safely in eight straight games at 11 of 28. … Jonathan Papelbon has allowed one run on three hits in his last 8.1 innings. … Kevin Youkilis has drawn 10 walks in the last five games.
Cold Sox: Victor Martinez is 2 of his last 28. … Manny Delcarmen has allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in his last six innings.
Big, bad John: Lackey is 6-1 with a 3.73 in nine career starts against Detroit. He is 4-0, 3.46 at Comerica Park.
Tek time: Jason Varitek has 13 hits, eight of them for extra bases including six homers.
Holy Toledo: Galarraga was 4-2, 3.92 in seven starts for Toledo and is being called up for this start. He was 6-10, 5.64 last season and in his career is 0-1, 5.84 in two starts against the Sox.
Maybe Van Every needs to pitch again: Scott Schoeneweis has allowed 29 base-runners (19 hits and 10 walks) in his 12.2 innings. In his 14 appearances, only two have been clean. He has allowed at least one hit or one walk in the other 12.
On the iPod right now: In honor of the Motown Hoedown, I listened to some Johnny Cash this morning and the song that just played is Tear Stained Letter.
Got on the hotel elevator yesterday and there were two guys and a girl all wearing cowboy hats. Each of the guys had a case of beer (Miller cans) and the girl had a tattoo of crossed pistols on her lower back and was holding a pack of Marlboros. God Bless America.
That’s it for now. Back with more later on.