San Diego (31-26) at Boston (34-23)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Boston, MA, US
Temp: 78° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 9, 2004
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The Boston Red Sox will have All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra back in the lineup as they continue a three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Fenway Park.

Garciaparra, a career .323 hitter who had 28 homers and 105 RBIs last season, will make his season debut for Boston on Wednesday. Garciaparra has been on the disabled list because of right Achilles’ tendinitis, an injury he suffered when he fouled a ball off his right heel in spring training on March 17.

“We have a good team already, but we also know that Nomar makes this team better,” said Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon, whose team ranks third in the majors with 306 runs despite the absence of Garciaparra.

“We have done all right without him but we also miss him at times where we need that big home run, that two or three-run homer that can definitely make a difference in a lot of those games we have lost.”

The Red Sox said Garciaparra would be activated from the disabled list before the game and would bat fifth.

The Red Sox, 2 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, have won three in a row, including Tuesday’s 1-0 victory.

Damon doubled in the lone run for Boston, giving him five doubles and three RBIs in his last four games.

The Padres remained tied atop the NL West with Los Angeles despite splitting their last six games.

Brian Lawrence, San Diego’s wins and ERA leader, will start Wednesday. The right-hander has won five of his last six decisions, and boasts a 5-2 record with a 3.46 ERA on the road this season.

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B. Lawrence LAA vs. B. Arroyo WAS
15-14 Record 10-9
4.12 ERA 4.03
121 K 142
55 BB 47
1.38 WHIP 1.22