Monday May 23, 2011 | 05:10 PM

Another raw evening here at Hadlock Field. The always-optimistic Sea Dogs staff keeps telling me the sun is out. I finally clued in and looked at the video board, which features a picture of a smiling sun.

There is reason for hope for Portland (12-27), which is on a four-game losing streak. Stephen Fife, currently the ace of the staff, is on the mound. Fife (4-2, 2.57 ERA) has won his last two starts.

Now for the lineups tonight for the Red Sox and Sea Dogs: 

BOSTON: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Lowrie, Crawford, Saltalamacchia. (Buchholz P).

PORTLAND: Hazelbaker CF, Hassan LF, Chiang RF, Federowicz C, Middlebrooks 3B, Padron 1B, Tejeda 2B, Hee SS, Dening DH. (Fife P).

Ryan Lavarnway is a late scratch at DH because of some lower back stiffness.

As always, check out twitter - ClearTheBases - for updates.


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