Game 76: Red Sox at Giants

It’s a nice sunny day in San Francisco. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (44-31)
Marco Scutaro SS
Darnell McDonald RF
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Daniel Nava LF
Bill Hall 2B
Mike Cameron CF
Clay Buchholz RHP (10-4, 2.47)

GIANTS (40-32)
Andres Torres RF
Edgar Renteria SS
Aubrey Huff 1B
Juan Uribe 2B
Pat Burrell LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Aaron Rowand CF
Madison Bumgarner LHP (0-0, 0.00)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX (Dick Stockton and Eric Karros)/WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Red Sox have lost three of four on their road trip and have fallen three games behind the Yankees in the AL East.


Catching up with Clay: Buchholz is 7-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his last eight starts, allowing only 36 hits (one of them a home run) over 55.2 innings. He has allowed three earned runs in 12.1 interleague innings.

Buchholz starts the day third in the AL in ERA and tied for first in wins. Not that wins necessarily tell you a whole lot. But he does have 10.

Bullpen blow-up: Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez have combined to put 122 runners on base over 85.2 innings while striking out only 64. Their ERA is 4.41.

New kid in town: The Giants are calling up Bumgarner for the game. He was 7-1 with a 3.16 ERA for Triple-A Fresno and last season allowed two runs over 10 innings for the Giants, striking out 10.

Follow the money: The unbalanced interleague schedule is unfair and apparently capricious. But if you follow the money, you begin to understand it. The Rockies were averaging 30,968 at Coors Field before the Sox came to town. They averaged 48,312 for the Sox. The Giants yesterday drew 41,182, one of their best crowds of the season.

Random nonsense: The Sox are 9-2 against California teams this season. … The Giants have won 12 of their last 19 at home. … The Sox have lost five of their last six on the road. … Youkilis is 22 of 52 (.423) with seven homers against lefties this season. … Scutaro has hit safely in 18 of 21 at 31 of 96 (.323) with 14 RBI.


On the iPod right now: Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Back with much more later on including an in-game blog.

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