It’s a beautiful day in Boston. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (41-28)
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (2-5, 5.42).
Pitching: RHP Vicente Padilla (1-1, 6.65).
Game time: 4:10 p.m.,
State of the Sox: In the words of Russell Ziskey when he got to Europe, the Red Sox are walking tall and looking good. They’ve won four straight and six of their last seven and now trail the terrified Rays and Yankees by one game in the AL East.
OK, so the Rays and Yankees likely are not terrified on June 19. But that sounds good. And if you know who Russell Ziskey is, good job.
This won’t be as fun when they face Ubaldo Jimenez and Tim Lincecum: The Sox are 8-2 in interleague games this season, outscoring the NL teams 69-33.
Turns out they really don’t need Adrian Gonzalez: The Sox woke up today with the best offense in baseball. Need proof?
Runs: 1st with 383.
OPS: 1st at .824. The second-place team, the Reds, are at .796
Doubles: 1st with 172, 21 more than anybody else
Home runs: 2nd with 91
Batting average: 2nd, just a tick behind, yes, the Royals.
OBP: 2nd at .354
This doesn’t mean a whole lot on June 19. But, still. And they could use an outfielder.
Wake against the Dodgers: Tim Wakefield hasn’t faced Los Angeles since 2004. He is 1-2 against them in four career games. This season, Wakefield has allowed five earned runs in his last 14.2 innings.
Manny (6 of 26) and Garret Anderson (19 of 71) have seen him a lot. The rest of the Dodgers have 35 at-bats against him. Today will be Wake’s 200th career start at Fenway Park.
Padilla returns: Vicente Padilla comes off the disabled list to make this start. He has been out since April with a sore arm but did make two minor-league rehab starts. Here’s how the Sox have fared against him:
Fenway frolic: The Sox have won 10 of 12 at home and 15 of their last 20.
They’re hot: Ortiz is 12 of his last 25 with 10 RBIs, seven extra-base hits and seven walks over seven games. … The Laser Show is 15 of his last 31 with seven RBIs and 11 runs scored over eight games and is up to .275. … Beltre has hit in eight straight at 13 of 32.
On the iPod right now: Guitar Man Upstairs by the great Drive-By Truckers.
Back with much more later including an in-game blog.