The Sox are looking for a sweep. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (49-32)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-3, 4.46)
Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (2-9, 4.90)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have five of six and 12 of their last 16. They are a half-game out of first place in the division.
Reversal of fortune: The Sox were 2-4 in their first six games against the Orioles this season, getting outscored 36-32. They are 4-1 in the last five meetings, outscoring the O’s 34-11.
Drew it up that way: J.D. Drew is 5 of 6 in the series with four RBIs. He is 15 of his last 37 overall and this season is 15 of 34 against the Orioles with 13 RBIs in 10 games.
Fenway facts: The Sox were 1-6 at home to start the season. They are 28-10 since. … The Orioles are 1-4 at Fenway this season and have lost 17 of their last 19 games in Boston.
Lackey’s back: Lackey is 5-0 with a 3.72 ERA in his last seven starts. … He is 9-3 in 15 career starts against the Orioles. … In three starts against Baltimore this season, he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
Growing pains: The 23-year-old Matusz is 0-9 with a 5.04 ERA in his last 13 starts after a 2-0, 4.34 start in his first three starts this season. This will be his third start against the Sox this season. In 11.2 innings, he has allowed five runs on 10 hits and seven walks while striking out 11.
Good sign: The Sox are hitting .282/.367/.479 against lefty starters this season.
Closing time: Jonathan Papelbon has allowed three earned runs in 34 innings against the Orioles in his career.
Getting offensive: The Sox are on a pace to score 894 runs and hit 216 home runs. They scored 872 runs and hit 212 homers last year.
D-Mac’s the man: Darnell McDonald has played in 61 of 69 games since he was called up from Pawtucket. The Sox are 42-19 in those games.
Milestone watch: Terry Francona has 899 victories as a manager. He would join Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy and Mike Scioscia as the other active managers with at least 900 wins.
On the IPod right now: On purpose today, looked for 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Some great work on the accordion by the late Danny Federici in this song.
Back with more later on. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend. Pop a beer for me.