The Dodgers and their mirthful DH are back in town. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (40-28)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (MLB debut).
Pitching: RHP Carlos Monasterios (3-1, 2.98).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won five of six on their homestand and are now two games out first place behind the Rays and Yankees.
Reversals of fortune: The Red Sox and Dodgers were early season flops. But the Sox are 36-19 since April 20 and the Dodgers are 30-14 since April 30. They are tied for first place in the NL West with the San Diego “Don’t ask for Adrian Gonzalez” Padres.
Welcome to the show: Doubront was 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA for Portland and Pawtucket and has yet to allow a home run in 59.2 innings. The 22-year-old from Venezuela has been with the Red Sox since 2004.
New kid in town: Monasterios is a 24-year-old from Venezuela who before this season had never pitched above the Class AA level. He was a Rule 5 Draft selection by the Mets and then traded to the Dodgers. This will be his sixth start.
Interleague bullies: The Red Sox are 7-2 in interleague games, outscoring the opposition 59-27. They have won 13 of their 17 games against the NL. The Red Sox are 2-4 against the Dodgers. The teams last met in 2004.
Mannymania: Ramirez is 26 of 102 (.255) since coming off the disabled list on May 8. But he is 7 of his last 13 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs.
Red-hot Red Sox: Ortiz is 11 of his last 23 with eight RBIs and six extra-base hits. … Nava is 8 of 18 since he arrived with five extra-base hits and six RBIs over six games. He also has scored four runs. … Scutaro has hit in six straight at 11 of 26 with four doubles. … Pedroia is 13 of his last 28 with six RBIs. … Beltre has hit in seven straight at 11 of 27 with six RBIs. … Manny Delcarmen has not allowed a run in his last 4.2 innings and struck out six.
Good penmanship: Red Sox relievers have allowed two runs in their last 18 innings.
Sacks of sacs: The Red Sox have 15 sacrifices this season. They had 19 all last season.
On the iPod right now: It’s unprintable. But it’s by NWA. Today has been a good day for hard-core rap.
Back with more later on including a live in-game blog.