GM PA H AVG OBP SLG OPSIn 23 games since April 14, Ortiz has failed to hit safely in only four of them. And only twice in those 23 games has he failed to either get a hit or score a run (April 25 and last night). ... In his last 10 games (48 PA), Ortiz is hitting .381/.458/.714.
Games 1-12 12 53 3 .070 .231 .140 .371
Games 14-39 23 111 30 .306 .387 .561 .948
On the other hand, Manny Ramirez is hitting .176/.288/.275 in his last 13 games -- and striking out in 27% of his plate appearances.
Alex Cora and Sean Casey are expected to rejoin the Sox for tonight's game. Jed Lowrie and Craig Hansen are the most likely candidates to be sent down. ... Julio Lugo, who experienced dizziness and headaches after being hit in the head by Matt Tolbert's knee on Friday, was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
Of Boston's four home runs last night, Lowrie's ball was the only one not thrown back onto the field. The fan who caught it traded it for a ball signed by Josh Beckett. Lowrie: "Apparently his signed ball is worth more than my first home run."
Kevin Youkilis is having a good season (AL rankings):
Batting Average: .319 - 4th
On-Base Percentage: .400 - 7th
Slugging Percentage: .603 - 1st
OPS: 1.003 - 2nd
Hits: 45 - 2nd
Doubles: 12 - 3rd
Home Runs: 8 - 2nd
Extra-Base Hits: 22 - 1st
Total Bases: 85 - 1st
Times On Base: 66 - 1st
Runs Scored: 26 - 5th
RBI: 29 - 2nd
Adjusted OPS+: 168 - 2nd
Runs Created: 35 - 1st
Children Scared By Sweaty Goatee: 105 - 1st