David Ortiz invited the media to a team meeting before last night's game. He played a DVD of then-high school senior Jonathan Papelbon -- in a wig and dress -- dancing in a talent show spoof. The video (which came from Bot's parents) will be shown on New England Comcast SportsNet's pre-game show tonight at 6:30 PM.
Julio Lugo thinks he'll be back by the end of the regular season -- "I am the shortstop" -- but time is running out.
Notes: Kevin Youkilis has reached base (hit, walk or hit-by-pitch) in 43 consecutive games (since July 12), tops in the majors this season. ... Coco Crisp's is hitting .524 (22-for-42) in his 11-game hitting streak. ... Mike Lowell has gone (7-for-16) .438 since returning to the lineup.