Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis tosses his bat and helmet in frustration after striking out with a runner in scoring position during second inning baseball action agaisnt the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday, May 30, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

The Boston Red Sox spent their day off on Monday in Detroit as they close out their road trip with a 3-game set with the Tigers.

The Red Sox starting pitching has turned the corner and is becoming a little more like what we expected when the season began. It’s up to Daisuke Matsuzaka to continue that trend tonight.

For whatever reason, the Red Sox seem to struggle at the plate when they are on the road. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s no Green Monster starring down the 3rd base line at them. They did however break out of their shell in their last game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox enter tonight’s game 1 game behind their hated rivals to the south to the New York Yankees. It might be closer but the local nine is just 12-16 on the road this season. They are currently 3-4 on this 10-game trip and would need a sweep of the Tigers to finish above .500 on the trip.

For Lester, success brings more challenges [Boston Globe]

Inbox: What will Sox do with Smoltz? []

Daisuke Matsuzaka can’t avoid trouble [Boston Herald]

At one-third mark of season, Red Sox appear to have their best baseball still to come [Providence Journal]

Starts and stops for Sox [Boston Globe]

Clock’s ticking for Theo Epstein [Boston Herald]

A Look at How Boston’s Top 10 Picks from 2008 are Performing [Wicked Good Sports]

Junichi Tazawa taking different route to the bigs [Boston Herald]

Sox Hit June [Hit and Run With Dan Roche]

Monday (Very) Quickie [Nuggetpalooza]

Taking stock of Sox while rounding a third [Tony Massarotti Blog]

Red-hot Kotsay appears ready to rejoin club []

Just keep the faith, Sox fans, better days are ahead [Portland Press Herald]

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 check out the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press websites.