On the night when John Lackey returns to Anaheim, here are the lineups:
RED SOX (56-44)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-5, 4.36)
Pitching: RHP Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.22)
Game time: 10:05 p.m.
State of the Sox: They are 4-4 on their 10-game road trip. They started the day seven games out of first place and five games out in the wild card. They have won three of their last five games but are 5-7 since the All-Star break.
They’re no Angels: Los Angeles has dropped five of their last six and are tied for second place with Oakland in the AL West, 7.5 games behind Texas.
So far, so good: The Sox are 5-0 against the Angels this season, outscoring them 42-19.
He’s the man: Jonathan Papelbon’s last 10 outings: 10.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts.
Back home: Lackey was 102-71 with the Angels from 2002-09. He won Game 7 of the World Series as a rookie and is among the franchise leaders in wins, starts and innings. he was 49-32 at Angel Stadium in his career.
Lackey faced the Angels at Fenway on May 5 and dominated them, allowing one run on two hits over seven innings.
Heating up: Kevin Youkilis has hit in seven straight at 15 of 36 to raise his batting average to .311.
Pig pen: Red Sox relievers have allowed 26 hits and 13 walks in 22.2 innings on the road trip.
Papi power: David Ortiz’s two home runs on Monday night marked his 35th multi-home run game with the Sox. That matched him with Jim Rice for second place in club history. Ted Williams is the leader, having accomplished the feat 37 times. The two homers also gave Ortiz 20 on the season for the eighth straight season as a member of the Sox. He joined Williams (16), Dwight Evans (11), Rice (11), Manny Ramirez (8) and Carl Yastrzemski (8) as the only Red Sox players to accomplish that.
On the iPod right now: L.A. Woman by The Doors.
Back with more later on.