The Sox start a three-game series with the Diamondbacks tonight. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (37-28)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-4, 2.52).
Pitching: RHP Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.17).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox start the day four games behind the Yankees and Rays, who are tied atop the AL East. The Sox have hit a little bit of a lull, having gone 4-4 in their last eight games and 6-5 in the last 11.
Snakes on the plane: The Diamondbacks are 9-22 on the road.
Kennedy’s the one: Ian Kennedy was traded to Arizona on Dec. 8 as part of the three-team, seven-player deal between the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers. The Yankees gave up Kennedy, Phil Coke, and Austin Jackson to get Curtis Granderson.
Like many middling AL pitchers, Kennedy has found success in the NL, striking out 71 over 82 1/3 innings and allowing 66 hits. But 14 of those hits have been home runs.
Kennedy spent parts of three seasons with the Yankees, going 1-4 with a 6.03 ERA. This will be his first appearance against the Red Sox. Victor Martinez is the only Red Sox player to have faced him before, going 1 for 3.
Interleague baptism: This will be the first interleague appearance for Clay Buchholz despite his having pitched in 48 games in his career. None of the Diamondbacks have ever faced Buchholz.
Buchholz is 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA in his last six starts, allowing only 26 hits over 43 1/3 innings.
Which Drew are you? The game will feature J.D. Drew and his brother Stephen, the Arizona shortstop. Stephen is hitting .277 with a .347 on-base percentage. Must be a big day for the folks in Lowndes County, Ga.
Other notes: The Sox are 4-5 against Arizona, 2-4 at Fenway Park. The teams played in 2002, 2007, and 2008 … Pedroia is 8 of his last 17 with three doubles … Ortiz has six hits in his last 14 at-bats.
On the iPod right now: Time On My Hands by Five O’Clock Heroes.
We’ll have more later on from Fenway Park.