It’s back to the interleague for the next 15 games. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (35-27)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell 1B
Bill Hall LF
Mike Cameron CF
Darnell McDonald RF
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (6-3, 4.72).
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ross Gload DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Juan Castro SS
Pitching: LHP Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox are coming off a 4-3 road trip to Baltimore and Cleveland and have lost two straight. This is the start of a nine-game homestand against National League teams. The Diamondacks and Dodgers will follow the Phillies to Fenway.
Interleague again: The Sox are 129-103 in interleague games over the years, 64-29 over the last five seasons. They have outscored National League teams by 147 runs in the last 93 meetings. The Sox took two of three from the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park last month. Inexplicably, they are “natural rivals in interleague play and play twice.
Take that: Terry Francona is 16-5 against Philadelphia as the Red Sox manager. The Phillies fired him after the 2000 season.
Quite a funk for the Phils: The Phillies were 26-15 after beating the Red Sox 5-1 on May 21. They are 5-12 since, averaging 2.3 runs a game. They have been shutout six times in those 17 games and held to one run three times. It all started when Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly no-hit them on May 22.
Cold Papi: David Ortiz was robbed of two hits by nice defensive plays last night. But he is nonetheless 1 of his last 27 over the last eight games. His batting average has dropped from .275 to .237.
Marco’s the man: Marco Scutaro has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games at 23 of 64 (.359) with eight doubles, two homers, eight RBIs and 12 runs scores. He’s up to .278 on the season with a .355 OBP. Future Hall of Famer Alex Gonzalez is at .263 with a .296 OBP for Toronto.
Martinez is the man, too: Victor Martinez is 29 of his last 64 (.453) with 14 extra-base hits and 13 RBI over 17 games.
He’s putting the Belt in Beltre: Adrian Beltre is 32 of 84 (.381) over his last 21 games with 14 extra-base hits and 21 RBI.
Redemption song: Lackey pitched poorly against the Phillies on May 21, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. Lackey took a one-hit shutout into the fourth inning before getting knocked around. Ryan Howard and future Sox teammate Jayson Werth homered off him.
Old Man, take a look at my life: Jamie Moyer, who’s 72 (OK, he’s 47) is 6-12 with a 6.57 ERA against the Red Sox, He’s 7-7, 5.43 at Fenway Park and will be pitching there for the first time since 2006.
Moyer played for the Sox in 1996, going 7-1 with 4.50 ERA as a reliever and spot starter before being traded to Seattle for Darren Bragg. By the way, he had already pitched in 16 major-league games before Josh Reddick was born.
Interesting numbers against Moyer:
Ortiz is 13 of 36 with five homers
Scutaro is 14 of 35
Hall is 6 of 11
On the iPod right now: Spare Parts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Nick Cafardo will handle the blogging tonight. Enjoy the game.