Day 2 in scenic San Diego
Good news for the Red Sox on the injury front: Both J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell are back in the lineup. The lineup looks like this tonight here in SD:
Why Drew back in the five-hole? Because there’s no Youkilis and no Varitek and Lowell doesn’t like moving out of the six-hole and Tito needs somebody to hit fifth. Expect Drew to be back at leadoff tomorrow, well, unless Coco goes 4-for-4 tonight.
Interestingly, Josh Bard will catch tonight for the Padres, meaning he’ll hit against Wakefield. Can he hit him better then he caught him?
Humorous moment in the Padres clubhouse before the game: One unidentified Padres player said, "Hey Bard-o, what does this guy throw?"… Bard said, "He throws a knuckleball every once in a while … tough to catch."
Also, David Ortiz took BP with an aluminum bat for the second night in a row, creating a clang heard ’round the world. Mike Cameron was watching it on TV in the Padres clubhouse and loved the idea and suggested the Pads should do the same on the next homestand.
Anyway, I need to get to my notebook. I’ll be back with more insight later.