Starters for this week's series in the Bronx:
Tuesday: Jon Lester / Freddy GarciaDavid Ortiz was named the American League Player of the Week after he went 12-for-22 (.545/.583/1.000) with four doubles, two homers, six RBI, and five runs scored. In the last four weeks, three Boston players - Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford - have been named AL PotW.
Wednesday: Tim Wakefield / A.J. Burnett
Thursday: Josh Beckett / CC Sabathia
Also: Ortiz is destroying lefties so far this season: .355/.444/.597/1.041, in 72 PA. It is a remarkable resurgence over his performance vs LHP in both 2009 (.212/.298/.418/.716) and 2010 (.222/.275/.324/.559).
I'm trying to go to the plate with an idea. It's making sense right now. ... Lefties, you have to wait for the ball to get to you with pretty much all of them. I'm a pull hitter and pulling everything against lefties wasn't working for me. We'll see. Got a long way to go still.On The Shuttle: Josh Reddick was sent back to Pawtucket when John Lackey returned from the disabled list. Marco Scutaro (strained left oblique) went 5-for-11 in a three-game weekend rehab stint with Pawtucket, and will likely rejoin the team in New York, with Scott Atchison heading down. Darnell McDonald is also rehabbing with the PawSox (8-for-16 in his last five games) and is eligible to return on Friday.
Kevin Millwood (6.2-5-1-0-4, 62) pitched well for Pawtucket in an 11-3 win this afternoon.
Jayson Stark, ESPN:
Until Tim Wakefield (195-173 lifetime) wins five more games, we'll find ourselves in a unique time in baseball history - because the active leader in wins has yet to win his 200th game. So when was the last time that happened? Believe it or not, loyal reader Eric Lee reports, it was 1879. And there was a better excuse back then - since it was Season No. 4 in the life of some newfangled invention called "the major leagues."