The Sox go for a sweep before fans who may be thinking about another game on a different coast. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (39-28)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-3, 4.54).
Pitching: RHP Dan Haren (7-4, 4.61).
Game time: 6:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won four of their last five games and start the day three games out of first place behind the Rays and Yankees.
Home cooking: The Sox have won 13 of their last 18 games at Fenway and are 21-9 at home since April 20.
Take me home tonight: Arizona has lost a franchise record 12 straight on the road. The Diamondbacks are 9-24 on the road. They’re at Detroit tomorrow and will have Dontrelle Willis on the mound. Yikes.
Good matchup: Lackey has faced Arizona once in his career, holding them to one run (unearned) over seven innings last June 27. He struck out nine in that game and allowed five hits. No Arizona player has more than three a-bats against him.
They meet again: Haren is 2-3 with a 2.65 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox. His last start against them came June 23, 2008 at Fenway and was dominant as Haren threw seven shuotut innings and allowed two hits.
Beltre (16-39), Martinez (7-13) and Ortiz (4-13) have hit him well. Youkilis (1-10), Cameron (0-6), Pedroia (0-7), Drew (1-6) and Hall (1-6) have not.
Keep this in mind: Haren has allowed 17 homers, the most in the NL.
Boom, Laser Show: Pedroia is 12 of his last 24 with eight runs scored and six RBI. The hot streak has taken his batting average from .248 to .271.
Staying hot: Ortiz is 9 of his last 20 with seven RBI and five extra-base hits. That has him up to .259.
Loving the NL: The Red Sox are 6-2 in interleague games this season and have won 12 of 16 against the NL going back to last year.
On the iPod right now: Just What I Needed by The Cars. No band was bigger at Normandin Junior High in New Bedford than the Cars back in the day. Worst concert ever, however. It was like listening to the record, they barely did anything.
Back with much more later on including a live in-game blog. Go C’s.