The Sox will try and get on the right track at Safeco Field. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (53-42)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-5, 4.65)
Pitching: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-9, 6.18)
Game time: 10:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: They haven’t declared martial law on the streets of Boston yet, at least. The Sox are 2-5 since the All-Star break and have lost 10 of their last 14 to fall seven games out of first place. The good news? They’re only 4.5 games out in the wild card raced with 67 games left.
How about hitting some that count? David Ortiz is 3 for 25 without a home since winning the Home Run Derby. If I ran a team and one of my players were selected for that, I would walk across the clubhouse, kick him in the shins then announce he was too hurt to participate.
It’s like night and day: The Red Sox have the best record in the majors (44-26) at night and the fourth-worst (9-16) in day games.
Good role for him: Hideki Okajima has pitched three times in the last 17 games, a total of two innings.
He’s the man: Remember when everybody was worried that Adrian Beltre shouldn’t play in the All-Star Game because of that sore hamstring? He is 11 of 24 since with three homers and six RB — and a stolen base.
Big-time Bard: Daniel Bard has not allowed a run since June 10, a stretch of 12.2 innings. Among relievers with at least 40 innings, here is how he ranks:
ERA: 8th (1.79)
WHIP: 4th (0.86)
Holds: 3rd (30)
Strikeouts: 16th (47)
K/9: 19th (9.3)
K/BB: 21st (3.13)
Road kill: The Red Sox have dropped six of their last nine games away from Fenway Park. They are 23-22 on the road for the season.
Papelbon picks it up: Those two disastrous outings in Colorado are a thing in the past for Jonathan Papelbon. In his seven appearances since, he has thrown 7.1 innings, allowing one hit without a walk. Opponents are 1 for 23 against him.
Lackey report: The righthander is 12-9, 3.89 against the Mariners in his career over 25 starts, 8-5, 3.03 at Safeco Field in 14 starts.
On the iPod right now: This Year’s Girl by Elvis Costello.
Back later with a live in-game blog and plenty of updates into the night from Safeco.