Monday April 18, 2011 | 08:52 AM

Saw that J.D. Drew was leading off today against left-hander Ricky Romero. Seems strange, given Drew's problem with lefties. But he apparently has Romero figured out, so far, batting .450 (9-for-20) with one HR.

The lineup is Drew, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Lowrie, Crawford, Varitek, Ellsbury. (Matsuzaka).

Lowrie and his hot bat remain in the lineup, especially against a left-hander.

We can talk about the lineup all we want, but which Dice-K shows up?

One other Red Sox note: The media in Boston, including, is reporting that Hideki Okajima has been summoned from Pawtucket and Felix Doubront is headed to Triple-A.

As for the Sea Dogs, some of the players, who off to good starts, are still going at it. Both Alex Hassan (.500) and Will Middlebrooks (.371) stroked a pair of doubles on Sunday. Tim Federowicz (.323) and Ryan Lavarnway (.229) both homered. Lavarnway, after 1-for-13 start, is coming on.


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