Julio Lugo brings people together. Where once we were divided over which Red Sox player to like least — Javier Lopez? Lugo? — this slightly built, no-hit, no-field shortstop has unified us. And what thanks does he get?
For the sixth consecutive game, Nick Green is the Red Sox' starting shortstop. Hard to argue against that. Green has a career-high 93 OPS+ — light years better than the 70 Lugo has posted in two-plus years with the Red Sox. And while Green is no great shakes at short — negative 16.6 runs per 150 games, according to UZR — he looks like Ozzie Smith next to Lugo — negative 33.6 runs! — in the field.
So here's to Nick Green, who was not expected to even make the club out of spring training, didn't play a single game in the majors last season, but is nevertheless now playing the best baseball of his life for the first-place Boston Red Sox.
Other lineup news tonight: the streaking David Ortiz (so nice to say that) is playing first against the Phillies, with Kevin Youkilis at third and Mike Lowell taking the evening off.