The Sox hit the road and here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
RED SOX (31-24)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Bill Hall CF
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (7-3, 2.73).
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.18).
Game time: 7:05.
State of the Sox: The Sox just finished a 4-3 homestand against the Royals and Athletics. They have won four of their last five games and nine of their last 12. They start the day six games out of first and 3.5 games out in the wild card.
New man in charge: The Orioles have fired manager Dave Trembley and named Juan Samuel the manager on an interim basis. The O’s are coming off an 0-6 road trip that saw them outscored 34-8 by the Jays and Yankees. Baltimore has lost eight straight overall.
Shame of the Sox: The Sox have lost four of six against the Orioles this season and were swept in three games at Camden Yards from April 30-May 2.
Feats of Clay: Buchholz has won eight straight starts on the road. In team history, only Roger Clemens has had longer streaks. The Rocket had a 12-game streak that started in 1987 and ended in 1988 and nine game streaks in 1992 and 1986. That statistical goodness from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Buchholz is 4-0 in his last four starts overall with a 1.32 ERA
Backstop production: The Red Sox lead the majors with runs (37), hits (67), home runs (14), RBIs (38), extra-base hits (32), slugging percentage (.567), OPS (.924) and total bases (127) out of the catching position. That nugget from the Sox media relations staff.
Hall monitor: Bill Hall was 8 of 14 on the homestand with four extra-base hits, four RBIs, nine runs scored and four walks. He also stole two bases.
Ortiz watch: Big Papi has eight home runs in his last 18 games and is 22 of 58 in that stretch with 22 RBI.
Martinez marvels: Victor Martinez is 20 of his last 43 with 13 extra-base hits and 12 RBI. he is up to .284.
That’s it for me this weekend. I’ll be at the Boston.com event at Game On! tonight and hope to see you there. Beyond that, I’ll be back on the blog on Monday.
Nick Cafardo and Amalie Benjamin will take you through the weekend in Baltimore. Hope you all enjoy the games.