The Red Sox (45-44) welcome Kevin Youkilis back to Fenway tonight as a member of the Chicago White Sox (49-39). In an ironic twist of fate Brett Lillibridge will not get to face his former team tonight as the Red Sox designated him for assignment to create a roster spot for Carl Crawford. Lillibridge is one of the players the Red Sox received from the White Sox in the Youkilis trade. If Youkilis goes 8 for 13 with 2 homers and 6 rbi in the next four games Ben Cherington will need to borrow Theo Epstein's gorilla suit to get around town safely. Carl Crawford will play in his first game of the season tonight after missing the first 89 games. He is in the lineup playing LF and batting second.
Tonight's pitching matchup features Aaron Cook (2-2, 4.37) for the Red Sox. The sinkerballer will look to keep strong string of second half starts going for the Red Sox 6 man rotation. For the White Sox Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 6.16). Here is the lineup that Axelrod will face:
The Maineiacs look to get back in the swing of things tonight after long dry spell. The 4th of July vacation and the All Star break have lead to a long lay off. Tonight's big night at Fenway is a fitting time to get things rolling again. Also, the Maineiacs will be going into the center of the storm of Youkilis' return on Thursday. Hopefully we will be witness to the return of Pedroia and we will see those two former teammates and friends square off for the first time in the major leagues. Two of the Maineiacs will be attending Thursday night's game so look for some coverage of that game and of the overall road trip. Tonight we will be hosting our first live chat of the second half of the season. Feel free to leave comments below and tune in to tonight's live chat.