The Sox are 3-1 on their homestand so far. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (38-28)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 3.18).
Pitching: RHP Rodrigo Lopez (2-5, 4.45).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Red Sox have won three of their last four. They have five games left on the homestand before departing for Colorado and San Francisco.
Beating up on the junior varsity: The Sox are 5-2 in interleague games this season and have won 11 of their last 15. They are 67-30 against the National League over the last five seasons, 71-30 if you count the World Series.
Worst road swing since the Joads: The Diamondbacks are 9-23 on the road this season and have lost 11 straight away from Phoenix.
On a roll: The Sox are 27-14 since May 3. A win in the next two games would make them 7-0-3 in their last 10 series.
Back after a stumble: Lester allowed six runs on nine hits in his last start (at Cleveland). But he is 7-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last 10 starts overall. The Sox are 8-2 in those games.
Good sign: Lopez is 0-3 with a 5.45 ERA. The Sox are hitting a combined .362 against him. A few numbers:
Heating up: Ortiz is 8 of his last 18 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI. He has raised his batting average from .237 to .257.
Back after a bad back: Manny Delcarmen has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings and struck out four since overcoming some back issues.
Streaking on: Martinez has hit in eight straight at 11 of 29 and has eight RBIs in that stretch.
It has to happen eventually: Cameron has gone 87 at-bats without hitting a home run. His last dinger came Sept. 30, 2009 at Colorado.
On the iPod right now: Walk Don’t Run by the Ventures. The Ventures are an instrumental rock band best known for the Hawaii Five-O theme music.
I downloaded this song today after hearing it played last night by the Max Weinberg Big Band at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge. What a fun show. Max is touring with a 15-piece combo featuring 12 horns and the great bass player Carlitos Del Puerto.
Back with more later on.