Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (34-25)
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-4, 6.02).
Pitching: LHP David Huff (2-6, 6.08).
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won seven of their last nine and start the day four games back in the division and two games behind in the wild card. They are a robust 30-16 since April 20.
Terror of the Tribe: The Sox have won six straight against Cleveland going back to last season, outscoring the Indians 49-19 in those games. They are 18-5 against Cleveland since the start of the 2007 season with victories in 14 of the last 17 games.
In the Wake of history: Tim Wakefield needs 6.1 innings tonight to tie Roger Clemens for the most innings in team history with 2,776. Denton True “Cy” Young is in third place with 2,728.1 innings.
Wakefield is 11-8, 4.23 in 27 career appearances against the Tribe. He beat them on May 7, 2009 at Fenway, allowing two runs over six innings.
Shop at V-Mart, where line drives are always on sale: Victor Martinez is 27 of his last 58 with 15 extra-base hits, 13 RBI and six walks. The .466./508/.879 streak has boosted his season averages to .298/.354/.508.
Alex who? Marco Scutaro had a cortisone shot in his left elbow on May 19 and was 0 for 4 in his first game back. He is 24 of 70 since with 10 extra-base hits and nine RBI. His batting average has climbed from .261 to .285.
Meaningless, but still amusing: Bill Hall has five home runs and 15 RBIs in 97 at-bats. Jason Bay has three home runs and 24 RBIs in 212 at-bats. Obviously Bay is a much better player. But still.
Vanished: Remember how good Travis Hafner was? He is .243/.340/.403 since the start of the 2008 season with 25 homers and 91 RBI over 199 games. Cleveland is on the hook for roughly $35.5 million through the end of the 2012 season including his buyout.
Slumping slugger: David Ortiz is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. His batting average has dropped from .275 to .245. Time to put Victor back in the third spot?
Sloppy penmanship: Sox relievers have allowed nine runs on 14 hits and nine walks over their last 11.1 innings.
Homer happy: Of the 58 hits Daniel Bard has allowed in his career, nine of them have been home runs.
On the iPod right now: From A Whisper To A Scream by Elvis Costello with Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze.
Back with much more later on.