Brewers (39-31) vs Red Sox (41-27)

Here we go – under the lights at Fenway Park to begin an arduous fifteen-game stretch against a who’s who of the American League. The first test is tonight versus former long-time Angel John Lackey. Lackey’s nowhere near the pitcher he was back in 2007 when he posted an AL-best 3.01 ERA, leading the Angels to a 94-68 record and finishing third in AL Cy Young balloting. Nevertheless, he possesses a hard sinking fastball and could give Brewer bats problems if his command is sharp. Milwaukee gives the nod to Shaun Marcum in the opener of this three-game set. The Brewers righty is no stranger to the Red Sox having played in the loaded AL East up til this season. In his career, Marcum is 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA against Boston in 16 appearances (11 starts). Lackey has never faced Milwaukee. Now onto the lineups for game #71 of the 2011 season.

Milwaukee Brewers – Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA)

2B Rickie Weeks (.290/13 HR/31 RBI)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.333/1 HR/9 RBI)

LF Ryan Braun (.312/15 HR/51 RBI)

DH Prince Fielder (.297/19 HR/59 RBI)

3B Casey McGehee (.230/4 HR/28 RBI)

RF Corey Hart (.284/6 HR/19 RBI)

1B Mark Kotsay (.252/0 HR/9 RBI)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.274/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Craig Counsell (.221/0 HR/3 RBI)

Boston Red Sox – John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA)

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.314/7 HR/33 RBI)

2B Dustin Pedroia (.262/5 HR/29 RBI)

1B Adrian Gonzalez (.347/14 HR/61 RBI)

3B Kevin Youkilis (.254/10 HR/45 RBI)

DH David Ortiz (.314/17 HR/44 RBI)

LF Carl Crawford (.240/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Marco Scutaro (.278/1 HR/10 RBI)

RF J.D. Drew (.225/4 HR/16 RBI)

C Jason Varitek (.229/3 HR/13 RBI)

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