The Boston Red Sox enjoyed an off day yesterday and now await the first place Toronto Blue Jays tonight who are in town for 3 games.
Tonight may or may not see the return of David Ortiz to the Red Sox lineup. Skipper Terry Francona was non-committal on Sunday as to whether or not he’d be back. With two lefties going in the first two games, it makes think that maybe Big Papi will get another day or two of rest.
The Red Sox will welcome back Kevin Youkilis to the lineup tomorrow. Youk is finishing up a 2-game rehab assignment in Pawtucket this afternoon. They will also welcome back Daisuke Matsuzaka to the rotation on Friday night after he finished up his rehab assignment in Pawtucket over the weekend. Justin Masterson will most likely head to the pen with Hunter Jones being the odd man out.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Heidi Watney will most likely interview Kevin Millar during the NESN pre-game show tonight. If she does, we can expect to get something good from Millar.
Whether in Boston or Pawtucket, Bailey finds his comfort zone [Providence Journal]
David Ortiz’s Power Numbers Down This Season [Hartford Courant]
Lowell reliable mainstay in Sox’s lineup [RedSox.com]
Turns for the better with Red Sox’ starters [Boston Globe]
Blue Jays multiply problem [Boston Herald]
Red Sox journal: Hitters await return of Youkilis, Ortiz [Providence Journal]
Youkilis plays first base in Triple-A start [RedSox.com]
Pitcher must catch – butterflies [Boston Globe]
State of the Sox: Ellsbury and Thoughts on Toronto [Lou Merloni – CSN New England]
Kevin Youkilis in swing [Boston Herald]
Wily Mo Pena is among the fans waiting for David Ortiz to break out [Providence Journal]
Birds of a feather? [Tony Massarotti Blog]
ESPN’s Olney: Red Sox could look at Indians’ Matt LaPorta [Projo Sox Blog]
Gotcha! [Center Field]
Scary [Fenway West]
David Ortiz-themed funk song has unfortunate timing [Red Sox Monster]
For more slices of Boston Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Providence Journal websites.
And if the enemy papers are more your flavor, you can head over to the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun websites.