It’s the final game of the homestand. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (61-47)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-3, 4.22)
Pitching: RHP Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.46)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: Treading water. They’re 3-3 on the homestand and are 6.5 games out in the division and the wild card as the Yankees and Rays are tied. The Sox are 10-10 since the All-Star break
Tribe of trouble: The Sox are 3-4 against the Indians this season, getting outscored by 15 runs.
Papi piles up the hits: David Ortiz has hit safely in 13 straight games at 17 of 53 (.321) with five homers and 13 RBI. It’s the second-longest streak of his career. He hit in 19 straight in July of 2007. David’s OPS is up to .909, which is 10th in the AL. He’s tied for fourth in the league with 23 home runs and his 72 RBIs are ninth in the league.
Beltre belts them: Adrian Beltre has hit safely in 10 straight games at 15 of 41 (.366). He has had 41 multi-hit games.
Matsuzaka time: Dice-K is 3-1, 2.70 in four starts against Cleveland in his career. He threw eight shutout innings against the Indians in Cleveland on June 7, allowing four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He has allowed two earned runs in 21 innings in his last three starts against the Indians.
The take on Tomlin: He’s a 25-year-old former 19th-round draft pick (2006) who has made an unexpected rise after relieving in the minors in 2008. This will be his third start after allowing two earned runs in 12.1 innings against the Yankees and Blue Jays.