The Red Sox will have Darnell McDonald back in center field with Mike Cameron scheduled to see a specialist regarding his abdominal soreness, Wednesday. The Sox lineup against the A's starter Ben Sheets (whom Boston is facing for the first time) is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Varitek C, McDonald CF, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who went 5-for-5 Tuesday night and hit four doubles, will sit out Wednesday night's game, manager Terry Francona told Dale & Holley during his weekly interview. Jason Varitek will catch Daisuke Matsuzaka, although Martinez will be avaialble to pinch hit. Martinez will play in Thursday's afternoon game, catching Tim Wakefield. Francona said Martinez is "still limping pretty significantly" after injuring his toe in last week's series against Tampa Bay.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked with the Dale & Holley show Wednesday about Dustin Pedroia's struggles at the plate recently and how he knows, not thinks, that his star second baseman will turn it around. "He will get just as hot as he got cold," Francona said. "I'm sitting here telling you right now. You watch, it's going to happen. I hope it starts tonight, but it will happen. He's too good a player. He's too good a hitter. This is a crazy game. Sometimes you can't bottle it and have it be consistent.

The Red Sox, after trailing Oakland 4-0 into the fifth inning, exploded for nine runs to claim their third straight victory. There were a number of offensive heroes who keyed the win.

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and talked about how impressed he has been with third baseman Adrian Beltre. "If you want a guy that plays the game hard, this guy does it day in and day out," Remy said, adding. "You could make the argument that he's the MVP of the team. What impresses me most about him is the way he goes about his business. He runs out every ball hard."

 

Entering the 2010 season, several Red Sox players were viewed as potential engines for the offense.



Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron will see a specialist on Wednesday to determine the status of his abdomen. An MRI on Tuesday revealed that the original tear that the 37-year-old suffered on the right side of his abdomen is now healed. Now, however, the outfielder has been dealing with similar pain on his left side, and the specialist will determine whether there is a new tear on that side.

 

A Red Sox offense that could muster little over the first four innings against Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez exploded for nine runs over the next four frames to extend the team's winning streak to three games. Much of the damage was delivered by Victor Martinez, who went 5-for-5 with four doubles, two runs and two runs batted in, matching his career high in hits and setting a new career standard for two-baggers.

Speaking with reporters prior to the first of three with the Oakland Athletics, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that outfielder Mike Cameron is experiencing abdomen soreness, which is why he was left out of the lineup for Tuesday night's game. Francona said that Cameron, who went 2-fot-3 on Sunday with two doubles and a pair of RBI, will see the Red Sox team doctor Tuesday.

 

"We were really excited Sunday that he felt good," Francona said. "Some of that excitement we felt Sunday is a little tempered now."

 

What may have looked like a poor early showing is starting to look more and more like a certainty that no Red Sox hitters will start in the 2010 All Star Game on July 13 at Angel Stadium. No Sox hitters are remotely near the top of their respective positions, and every player with the exception of Dustin Pedroia is at least doubled by somebody else at their position. To see just how bad it's looking check the Full Count blog.