It’s the final game of the series and here are the lineups:
RED SOX (26-21)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Mike Cameron CF
Darnell McDonald RF
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (4-3, 5.07).
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
John Jaso C
Hank Blalock DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Sean Rodriguez CF
Reid Brignac 2B
Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (5-2, 2.37).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: They have won four straight, seven of eight, 15 of 22 and are 22-12 since April 20.
Catching up: The Sox are 4-1 on their road trip and now 8-4 on their 13-game stretch against the Tigers, Yankees, Twins, Phillies and Rays.
Enjoy the San Diego summer, Adrian. Catch you in 2011: The Red Sox are fourth in baseball in runs, second in homers, third in doubles, fourth in OPS and sixth in OBP — and that’s without Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron for most of the season.
Youuuuuk: Kevin Youkilis leads the majors in walks (38) and runs (40) and is second in OBP (.458) and third in OPS (1.072).
The merry, merry month of May: Youkilis has walked 27 times this month with five games remaining. The only players in Sox history with more walks in May are two guys named Carl Yastrzemski (30 in 1971) and Wade Boggs (28 in 1988).
Youk’s insane OBP of .563 in May is the third best for May in team history. Ted Williams had a .574 OPB in 1954 and Boggs was at .567 in 1986. Remarkably, Boggs was invisible at the time.
It’s all about pitching: Sox starters are 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA in the last seven games. Overall, the hurlers have a 2.04 ERA in that stretch and opponent are hitting .191.
This ain’t no Anaheim. It’s time to pitch: Lackey is 1-2, 7.50 in his last three starts, allowing 23 hits and 12 walks over 18 innings. He’s 9-3, 3.77 against the Rays in 13 career starts.
Getting to Garza: That won’t be easy. He is 6-2, 2.92 against the Sox in his career. Over the last two seasons, he has allowed 34 hits and 13 earned runs over 50.2 innings against the Sox while striking out 43. This will be his eighth start against the Sox since the start of the 2009 season, so at least they know what to expect.
On the iPod right now: Travelin’ Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Back with more later on.