Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (48-32)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (9-3, 2.86)
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 4.30)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won four of their last five and 11 of 15. They started the day a half-game out of first but the Yankees are laying a beating on Toronto this afternoon.
Checking in on the offense: Through Friday, here is where the Red Sox ranked in baseball in some key offensive catagories:
1. Runs 438
2. Home runs 107
1. Doubles 191 (23 more than anybody else)
3. Batting average .277 (Kansas City is 1st, by the way)
2. OBP .351
1. Slugging .468
1. OPS .819 (.033 better than anybody else)
4. Walks 309
1. Extra-base hits 308
Start me up: Red Sox starters are 17-6 with a 3.08 ERA in the last 30 games.
Star turn: Lester is 11-0, 2.06 in 14 career starts against Baltimore. He has shut them out over two starts and 12 innings this year. Overall this season, he is 6-2 with a 1.91 ERA in his last eight starts. A good performance today might make it impossible to leave him off the All-Star team.
Road kill: Baltimore is 8-30 away from Camden Yards, the worst road record in baseball.
Streaking Scutaro: The shortstop has hit safely in eight straight games at 12 of 37.
On the iPod right now: This Isn’t It by Giant Drag. By the way, if you’re thinking about getting an iPod connection installed in your car, do it. It makes a tremendous difference in the sound, plus keeps it charged.
Back with more later on.